“Big steps for Phillies hitter”- Bryce Harper makes sturdy progress with batting as rehab date ticks on his schedule

Bryce Harper is recovering from his thumb injury at a steady pace and is said to make his rehab start on the 1st of September

Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper
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Let’s just say that the Phillies’ weekend series against the Mets didn’t go as planned. However, there was positive news on Monday: Bryce Harper has started taking live batting practice and might not be too far away. Harper, who stated at the beginning of August that he hoped to return from a broken thumb in “September-ish,” shared a little clip of Monday’s batting practice in an empty Citizens Bank Park on his Instagram account.

Rob Thomson, the interim manager, said the 60-swing practice went well. It was Harper’s first time swinging a bat since a Blake Snell fastball fractured his left thumb on June 25. On Wednesday, Harper will take part in another round of hitting practice, this time against a fast-pitch machine. He has no set start date for his rehab assignment. Harper was cutting himself. Before getting hurt, he hit 318.385.399 with 48 RBIs, 15 home runs, and 48 runs batted in. “I just texted him and he said he feels great,” Thomson said.

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September 1: Is this a realistic goal for Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper

Phillies president Dave Dombrowski appeared on MLB Network’s High Heat to praise Harper‘s development and to observe that, at this rate, “September-ish” might very well mean September 1. “Bryce has made great progress, and today is the first day he’s hitting on the field, so we feel really good about that,” Dombrowski said. “He’s done very well with the recovery. Now it’s really up to him. He’s been cleared as far as participation is concerned, so he’s out there just working his way back up. “So when you say September 1, I think that’s a realistic goal.”

After a pitch from San Diego’s Blake Snell rode inside and caught Harper’s left thumb, the player has been sidelined since June 25 as a result of the injury, which required surgery to fix and weeks to recuperate from. While the Phillies have more than managed to stay in the playoff hunt since this weekend’s series against the NL East-leading New York Mets proved that they still desperately need him in the lineup. It was a devastating blow for them because they would have to play without their best hitter and the reigning NL MVP for a very long time.

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