Phillies Injury Update: Bryce Harper provides a timetable for his return to the lineup
Bryce Harper spoke with the media today before the Phillies start a four game series against the Washington Nationals.
An update from Bryce Harper on his rehab progress
Originally tweeted by NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) on August 4, 2022.
“I don’t like putting timetables on anything because I don’t know how I’m going to react. I don’t know how my body’s going to react or how my thumb’s going to react. We’re still on the same timeline of September-ish. Come back when I’m ready and able to come back.”- Bryce Harper
Harper had his pins removed from his hand on Monday and has been hitting around 20 swings daily off of a tee.
The reigning NL MVP slashed .318/.385/.599 over his first 64 games this season, crushing 15 HRs, 48 RBIs, a .985 OPS, and a 2.6 WAR. Harper, even with a slightly torn UCL, didn’t stop when he was taken out of the field, as he moved to the DH spot and continued to crush the baseball.
Bryce Harper was hit in the hand back on June 25th by a 97mph fastball from Blake Snell. It was unknown for days if Harper would even make a return this season, but with the most recent updates and Harper’s pins being removed, the star should be back by the beginning of September.
The Phillies lineup is scary after they just added Jean Segura in the 7-hole and defensive-specialist and newly acquired Brandon Marsh to the 9th spot. The team will have a lineup that looks something like this once Bryce returns…
- Kyle Schwarber
- Alec Bohm
- Bryce Harper
- Rhys Hoskins
- JT Realmuto
- Nick Castellanos
- Jean Segura
- Bryson Stott
- Brandon Marsh
Bryce Harper was also asked about the UCL tear in his elbow…
“That’s kind of on the back burner for me right now. I just want to get back in the lineup, get my swing going and get ready so I can get back in the lineup. I’m not concerned about getting back to throwing as soon as possible because I really want it to heal so I don’t have to do anything in the offseason…go under the knife or anything like that.”
Up Next for the Phillies
The Fightins return to action tonight against the Washington Nationals as Noah Syndergaard makes his Phillies debut at 7:05 EST. Check out our full series preview here.