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When will Bryce Harper return to Phillies lineup this season?

We’ve got the latest updates for Bryce Harper and when he’ll return in 2023.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 02: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after striking out against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in Game Four of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 02, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Phillies will usher in the 2023 season without one of their star offensive players in Bryce Harper, who will begin the new year watching from the sideline. The two-time MVP and seven-time All-Star is entering his 12th season in the majors and is coming off an All-Star 2022 campaign.

In 2022, Harper appeared in 99 games, batting .286/.364/.877 with 106 hits, 65 RBIs, and 18 homers.

Bryce Harper injury update

April 17 Update: Not only is Harper trending ahead of schedule in his rehab, but he might not even need a stint in the Minors before returning:

It’s looking like an early-June return is very likely at this point.

April 5 Update: Harper was spotted going through normal batting practice at Yankee Stadium ahead of the Phillies’ matchup with New York on Wednesday, according to the Philly Inquirer.

Harper was hitting soft toss from Phillies hitting coach Kevin Long, and is expected to do so again on Thursday ahead of Philly’s home opener. The next step in his rehab would presumably be live BP as the former MVP looks to beat that end of May timeline.

April 2 Update: The Phillies added Harper to the 10-day IL rather than the 60-day IL, as previously expected. This provides some optimism that Harper may be able to return before the initially projected May 31. Harper was interviewed during the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast and said that he is excited about the progress that he has made.

Harper underwent Tommy John surgery to repair the UCL in his right (throwing) arm back on November 23, 2022, with the initial announcement indicating he’ll miss roughly half of the 2023 season while recovering. On March 21, Phillies General Manager Dave Dombrowski said that the team still hasn’t placed Harper on the 60-day IL, which keeps a door open for a return earlier than the original All-Star break projection.

Until further clarity is given, the general expectation is that Harper would be back on the field closer to mid-July.