Bryce Harper’s recovery timeline could be accelerated, which would be incredible for Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies have been a man down since the end of June.
Their biggest man, in fact.
But less than a month after getting hit by a blazing Blake Snell fastball, it looks like Bryce Harper might be on his way back sooner than expected.
Was his PRP injection a while back actually some of Captain America’s super-serum? Is he just healing faster through the force of sheer will? Either way, we’ll take it.
MLB insider Jon Heyman reports that next week, Harper has his one-month checkup after undergoing surgery on his fractured thumb, and if the doctor likes what he sees, the pins currently stabilizing his bones will come out. This is the key first step in Harper’s journey back. His injury has a projected 6-8 week timeline, but the Phillies seem hopeful that he can return before September. Unlike Jean Segura, who is on the 60-Day Injured List, Harper remains on the 10-Day IL, leaving the door open for a late-summer return.
In the meantime, the Phillies shouldn’t sit around waiting, and they likely won’t. Harper’s appointment next week is right before the August 2 trade deadline, and the Phillies will almost certainly be buying big, especially if they know Harper will return sooner rather than later.
Before and during his time on the sidelines, Harper has been a vocal advocate for his team making upgrades. He’s enough of a team player to know that his return isn’t going to be enough.
Get what the team needs so they can get to the postseason.