Bryce is Back! Harper Batting Third in Return to the Phillies Lineup

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It’s now officially official.  Bryce is back. 

The Philadelphia Phillies have submitted their lineup card for Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Bryce Harper’s name is penciled in.  Harper will DH and bat third in his 2023 season debut.  

Harper’s return to the lineup 160-days removed from Tommy John surgery is nothing short of remarkable.  The former NL MVP was expected to be out until after the 2023 MLB All-Star Game, however he was able to ramp up his rehab and miss only 30-games.  

It’s superhuman.  

Harper will remain as the designated hitter while he continues his rehab from surgery.  He will likely play a variety of roles once he is cleared to throw in game situations including playing first base.  

Welcome back, MV3!