WHEN WILL HARPER RETURN TO PHILS LINE-UP? ‘HOPEFULLY THURSDAY’

By Sam Bush

Bryce Harper missed another game last night as the Phils DH due to soreness from last weekend’s elbow shot, and he may not play tonight:

“Plan on either tomorrow or hopefully Thursday being in there,” Harper told MLB.com.

“I want to be out there. I want to be helping my team, especially against a great team in San Diego. But I think that was the perfect day to get it on Sunday and have that Monday off-day and, hopefully, just miss two or three games. I think that was the perfect time.”

The PRP injection helps heal the small tear in his right ulnar collateral ligament, which will keep Harper from throwing a baseball for four weeks.

But Harper said the plan is to play right field again in 2022.

“Yeah, absolutely,” he said. “But we’re not going to rush getting into that. I’m going to listen to what [orthopedist Neal] ElAttrache has to say and what he said. I’m going to take my time with it, like he told me and really take advantage of the PRP shot.”

He’s batting .305 with nine home runs, 27 RBIs and a .995 OPS this season. He leads the Major Leagues with 14 doubles, 24 extra-base hits and 83 total bases. He leads the NL in homers and slugging percentage (.634).

“I’m very lucky that it’s not my left arm. That’s the way that Rhys [Hoskins] kind of went through with his right arm [in 2020], and his top hand going through the ball. I don’t feel it when I hit. So I’m very lucky with that. As of right now, we’re just going to stick with DH’ing and see how I feel each day.”

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