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Throughout tonight’s Phillies/Rangers matchup on ESPN, Bryce Harper and Phillies supervisor Rob Thomson shared some constructive updates about Harper’s restoration from Tommy John surgical procedure in November.  (Hat tip to Corey Seidman of NBC Sports Philadelphia.)  Thomson stated Harper is prone to hit on the sector at Residents Financial institution Park on Thursday, previous to the Phils’ house opener towards the Reds.  Harper has already been doing his typical slate of batting cage work for roughly 10 days.

No replace was given on Harper’s timeline, as the previous MVP stated he’s “simply making an attempt to get my rehab going as finest as attainable,” and “simply making an attempt to take it every day, be sure that I hit each checkpoint.”

[I’ve] nonetheless bought a minute to go.  Simply making an attempt to be good about it, understanding my good days are going to be good and a few days I’ll simply be sore and it’ll be slightly more durable.  However I really feel good proper now, simply bought to maintain that going and maintain doing the identical stuff.

As soon as Harper does his on-field work, Thomson laid out the gameplan of dwell batting observe after which progressing to minor league rehab video games.  Whereas there’s actually quite a bit to love about Harper’s progress, these subsequent steps received’t be accomplished shortly, notably since Harper each has to recuperate bodily and totally ramp up for the season after lacking all of Spring Coaching.  The Phillies initially prompt that Harper could be again by roughly the All-Star break in a DH capability, and he may return to proper discipline later within the season if all was nicely along with his throwing arm.

Nonetheless, tonight’s replace may be the most recent trace that Harper could possibly be activated from the injured checklist earlier than that July goal — as an example, the Phils solely positioned him on the 10-day model of the IL previous to the season, not the 60-day IL that might usually include a longer-term damage.  President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski did recommend {that a} 60-day placement (which might be backdated to Harper’s preliminary placement on the 10-day IL on March 30) may nonetheless happen if Philadelphia must create a 40-man roster spot, however it could appear to be the Phillies didn’t wish to totally rule out Harper’s return inside the first 60 days of the common season.

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