HARPER BACK IN LINEUP TONIGHT: WILL PHILS HITTING RETURN TOO?

By Melody Miller

Bryce Harper is back in the Phillies lineup as the DH after missing five straight games because of soreness from a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow.

He’ll hit third for the Phillies against the Los Angeles Dodgers and right-hander Mitch White.

The 29-year-old Harper is batting .305 with nine home runs, 14 doubles, 27 RBIs and a .634 slugging percentage. He has been playing exclusively at designated hitter since injuring his arm on a throw from right field last month. He last played the field at Miami on April 16.

“The last couple of days were tough for me,” Harper said before the game. “Woke up yesterday feeling good and today feeling better, as well.”

He had the shot last Sunday because of a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his throwing elbow and sat out the finale in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. He missed the entire Padres series and the opener Friday at home against the Dodgers.

“The plan is to always stay in there,” Harper said. “But if I feel it or I’m not all right, then I’ll be out of the lineup.”

The Phillies had dropped four of five games entering Saturday.

“Ready to go,” Harper said. “Ready to get back in there and try to help.”

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