Bryce Harper diagnosed with mild strain, will continue as Phillies' DH

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·3 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Bryce Harper diagnosed with mild strain, will keep on swinging as DH originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

It's a good thing the designated hitter has arrived in the National League. Otherwise, Bryce Harper would be on the injured list, completely out of action right now.

Harper had an MRI on his sore right elbow Thursday. The exam revealed, in his words, "a mild strain" in the flexor mass, which is a group of muscles and tendons near the junction of the forearm and elbow.

The injury affects Harper's ability to throw, not hit. So he was in the lineup for a fifth straight game Friday as the Phillies' designated hitter. It's not clear when he will return to right field, but it won't be before the middle of next week, at the earliest. He is shut down from throwing until Tuesday.

"We'll test it then and see how it feels," Harper said.

Nick Castellanos started in right field for the fifth straight game Friday night when the Phillies opened a three-game series against Milwaukee at Citizens Bank Park.

The NL adopted the DH this season. Harper conceded that without the DH, he'd require a trip to the IL.

"I'm just happy to be in the lineup," he said. "If I can continue to hit, that's where I'll be, DH until it feels right."

Harper suffered the injury making a throw against the Mets on April 11.

"It felt like it does when you strain a hamstring or a calf," he said.

He continued to play the outfield through Sunday and moved to DH on Monday.

Harper said the injury would not require any out of the ordinary treatments. He said he would not require an injection of anti-inflammatory medication.

Manager Joe Girardi was somewhat relieved when he heard the results of Harper's MRI.

"You're always concerned when you hear that, but it's not the ligament, which is great, so we just have to make sure before he goes back out there that it's healed," Girardi said.

Damage to the ulnar collateral ligament can often require Tommy John surgery and at least a year of rehabilitation.

Harper is not sure how long the injury will linger.

"I've never dealt with arm pain or anything like that even when I was younger," he said. "So, I don't know. What they've been saying is we'll take it day by day and see how I feel."

Didi improving

Didi Gregorius had more tests, including a CT scan, on his sore left hand. There is no break. He ramped up activities Friday and could be back in the lineup in the coming days. He was hit by a pitch on the hand Tuesday night in Colorado.

Herrera returns

Odubel Herrera, sporting a fresh haircut and a close shave, was activated from the IL. He was in the starting lineup in center field. Girardi said he expected Herrera and Matt Vierling to mostly platoon at the position.

Subscribe to Phillies Talk: Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | Stitcher | Art19 | Watch on YouTube