CLEARWATER, Fla. - Bryce Harper returned to the lineup Sunday, providing some relief after he was hit in the ankle two days earlier by a fastball.
Harper, batting third Sunday as the designated hitter, missed Saturday’s game after X-rays revealed he had a contusion. Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game that Harper was “day to day.” Harper, it turned out, needed just one day.
He will not travel with the team to Florida’s east coast for games on Monday and Tuesday. Harper instead will stay in Clearwater to play in minor-league games on Monday and then train at the complex on Tuesday. He will play in right field on Wednesday when the team returns to Clearwater to play the Tigers.
He entered Sunday’s game against the Yankees hitless in his first five at-bats over just nine at-bats over four Grapefruit League games. The Phillies will want to make sure Harper has his timing and rhythm before the team breaks camp next week ahead of March 28’s season opener at home against the Braves.