Bryce Harper has been cleared by doctors to return to the Phillies lineup
After 159 days of rehab, Bryce Harper has officially been cleared by the doctors to return to game action with the Phillies.
Harper is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday night as the designated hitter.
Bryce Harper is BACK!
It’s been a miraculous comeback from Bryce Harper, who received Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow just two weeks after the conclusion of the World Series.
Harper has been slowly progressing over time since the season started, where he first started with light tee work in the cages. He’s progressed all the way to situational on-field hitting against multiple Phillies pitchers and has started to throw the baseball again, something he hasn’t done since last summer.
The plan for Bryce Harper is to sit in the DH spot for at least a month, but since the injuries to Rhys Hoskins and Darick Hall, Bryce has been determined to learn first base. He’s been taking grounders there ahead of every game and could see some time there once his arm is truly ready to throw in a game.
Dave Dombrowski and Rob Thomson via The Athletic (Sunday)
“He’s absolutely amazing. He’s a great athlete. He works hard. He’s focused. He wants to get back. I mean, it’s amazing what he’s accomplished. We have that next step (with the doctor to clear him). But the progress he’s made is phenomenal.” – Dave Dombrowski
“He’s pretty geeked up about getting out there and playing…He’s itching.” – Rob Thomson
The Phillies took two of three from the Houston Astros this weekend and now head out west to kick off a 3-game set tonight with the Los Angeles Dodgers.