Phillies Bryce Harper Learning New Position For 2023 Season

Philadelphia Phillies All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery that he underwent a few months ago.

While he is expected to be cleared to serve as a designated hitter before being cleared to throw and play in the outfield, he has started taking reps at first base as part of his rehabilitation process.

This move is seen as a strategic decision by the Phillies to address their current shortage of first basemen due to injuries, and as a way to get Harper back on the field sooner.

Harper's move to first base could potentially expedite his return to playing in the field, but it's important to note that his ability to play the position may not affect his timeline for returning to the lineup.

The Phillies are currently facing a significant gap at first base due to injuries to Rhys Hoskins and Darick Hall, and Harper's ability to step in could provide a much-needed boost to the team's defense.

Despite his progress, Harper's return to the lineup is still uncertain, and he has expressed a hope to be back in the lineup by early June at the latest.

It's clear that his recovery process will continue to be closely monitored by the Phillies and their fans as they earnestly await his return to the field. Photo Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports