Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper took to Instagram to update fans on his status. Needless to say, Phillies fans will be fired up over the update.
Harper taking outdoor batting practice is the first step in his eventual return to the lineup. If all goes well, Harper will progress to “high velocity” hitting in the indoor cage, and then a minor league rehabilitation assignment. The target date for his return is “September-ish” according to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury.
The reigning NL MVP has been out of the lineup since breaking his thumb on June 27 in San Diego. Harper’s was hitting .318 with 15 HRs, 48 RBIs, and a .984 OPS.
Harper’s return will be welcomed by the Fightin’s who are, er, fighting for a playoff spot. The Phillies are 63-51 and have a 1-1/2 game lead over Milwaukee for the final NL Wild Card spot heading into Monday’s three-game series against Cincinnati.