Harper hasnt regained as much flexibility in his surgically repaired left thumb as anticipated and isn't yet ready to face pitchers, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The last couple updates on Harper's status were relatively positive, but over the past few days, he seemingly hasn't responded as well to his workouts as the Phillies had hopd. In addition to waiting to get back into the batter's box, Harper will also have his throwing program cut back due to "some stiffness" in his right elbow. Though the latest development isn't a great one for Harper, interim manager Rob Thomson remains optimistic, saying that he has "no doubt" the reigning NL MVP will return at some point this season. If and when Harper does return, it may come as a designated hitter now that he's had his throwing program tabled for the time being.

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