Injury Updates: Bryce Harper meets with team doctors, Jean Segura begins rehab assignment
Last week, there were reports that Bryce Harper planned on meeting with doctors this week, optimistic about having the pins in his broken left thumb.
According to Corey Seidman of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Harper did meet with doctors yesterday, but was not ready to have the pins removed from his thumb. The focus now shifts to next week as the new target date.
“Everything’s going good it’s just not where we want it to be at this point to pull the pins out and be successful with it, so hopefully another week will get us there.”
Harper went down with a fractured thumb on June 25th after getting hit in the hand with a 97mph fastball from Padres’ pitcher Blake Snell. The timeframe was 6-8 weeks for his return, which had the chance to be bumped up assuming he got the pins out this week and could begin rehab in early August.
Now, it appears that Harper will be back on his original recovery time, which means he is still weeks, possibly a month away from returning to the Phillies lineup, making his return timeline late August or early September.
The Phillies were able to keep themselves above water without Harper at first, going 8-4 over the first 12 games. Kyle Schwarber led the way for the Phillies offense, hitting seven home runs and driving in 13 runs over the first nine games minus-Harper but everything has slowed down a bit for the Phillies since then.
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The Phillies had a horrible series against the Chicago Cubs before taking game one against the Atlanta Braves last night. Schwarber is now 4 for 51 over the last 13 games with three walks and 22 strikeouts. He has been held hitless in 10 of those games and the Phillies have lost seven of the last 10.
They are now seven games behind the second place Atlanta Braves and nine games behind the first place New York Mets in the NL East standings. The Phillies are a half game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the final NL Wild Card spot. Worth noting, the Cardinals will be heading to Toronto for a two game set without Nolan Arenado or Paul Goldschmidt.
When asked about where the Phillies currently stand, Harper had this to say yesterday.
“If you take these last three games out of the way, I think we’ve been playing pretty clean, good baseball,” Harper said. “We need to, as a team, get past these three days. That wasn’t good baseball, everybody in here knows that. Get past those three games, turn the page to today and get going.” – via Corey Seidman, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Bryson Stott 3-Run Home Run (Bryce Harper Swing)
While Harper is still out, Bryson Stott hit a baseball last night with almost a spitting image of how Harper swings the baseball bat. Pretty cool to watch. Check out this video.
Good News from Jean Segura
In other news, Jean Segura is heading to Triple A Lehigh Valley today to begin his rehab assignment. Segura will be eligible to return to the Phillies lineup in early August. Last week, they were hopeful that Segura would be wrap up his rehab assignment and rejoin The Phillies on Thursday, August 4th when they open up a four game series against at home against the Washington Nationals.
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