Harper (elbow) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Alex Coffey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The 29-year-old was scheduled to receive a PRP injection to alleviate the pain in his right elbow Sunday, so it's no surprise he's being held out of the lineup for the series finale in Los Angeles. Harper has been limited to serving as the designated hitter while playing through a small tear in his UCL for the past month, and he's not expected to resume playing the field until at least mid-June. The injury hasn't had any effect on his ability to hit, and he's currently riding a six-game hit streak during which he's gone 14-for-23 with three home runs, six doubles, eight RBI, eight runs and three stolen bases. Alec Bohm will serve as the designated hitter Sunday with Johan Camargo starting at the hot corner.
Harper went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, double and an additional run during Saturday's 8-3 win over the Dodgers. Harper continued to roll Saturday, doubling and scoring in the first inning while connecting on a three-run homer in the fourth and tacking on a single in the eighth. Harper has 14 hits in his last six games and has upped his batting average from .241 to .305. He's now top five in both slugging and OPS and appears to have finally adjusted to an assignment as Philadelphia's designated hitter for the foreseeable future. He's expected to get Sunday off so he can get a PRP injection in his elbow.
Harper went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two doubles, two walks, two runs and two RBI in a 12-10 victory over the Dodgers on Friday. Harper was the driving force behind Friday's power surge, doubling in the third and sixth, walking in the fourth and 10th and homering in the eighth for his fourth multi-hit game in his last five. The 29-year-old has been scorching over the past week-plus, going 15-for-32 with six doubles and four home runs to bump his slash line to .291/.350/.598.
Harper went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBI in Thursday's 9-7 victory versus the Dodgers. It was announced Thursday that Harper has a small tear in his UCL and won't be able to play the field for the foreseeable future, but the injury didn't seem to affect him at the plate Thursday. The veteran put the Phillies on the board with a solo shot to right field in the first inning and drove in two more runs before the contest was over. Harper has enjoyed a strong start to the month of May, slashing .325/.349/.725 with four homers, four doubles, eight RBI and three stolen bases through 10 games.
Tests on Harper's elbow revealed a small tear in his UCL, and he will not throw for four weeks, Alex Coffey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Harper has served exclusively as Philadelphia's designated hitter since April 17 and that will continue until at least the middle of June. The hope is that he will begin throwing at that time, and he'll also receive a PRP injection Sunday to help mitigate his pain. Though Harper will remain in the lineup most days, the team has announced he will be out Sunday against the Dodgers and perhaps Tuesday for the series opener against the Padres.
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