Phillies slugger Bryce Harper is now almost exactly two months removed from having Tommy Johnson surgery, which he underwent on November 23rd to repair a torn right UCL.
Phillies president Dave Dombrowski, who joined Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie on Thursday's 94WIP Midday Show, says Harper's rehab is going well and his timeline to return to the lineup is still around the All-Star game.
"The surgery, first of all, has gone well," Dombrowski said. "His rehab has gone well. He's worked very hard, he's followed what the doctor said. So all of that has been good. We're basically at the two month period now.
"The progression is still at some time toward the end of March he'll be able to swing a bat and making that next step, progression wise. We originally said we would anticipate him being back before the All-Star game, right around that time period. I still think that's an accurate thought process at this point and anything before that, you're very happy in that regard."
Dombrowkski reiterated that the Phillies do expect Harper to return to the outfield at some point during the 2023 season, albeit a little bit later than his anticipated return to the lineup.
"As far as throwing in the outfield is concerned, I'm not sure," Dombrowski said. "They have told me all along—of course that's further down the line—they anticipate him be able to play the outfield at some time this year, later in the season and we'll just continue to go along the lines."
Harper is coming off a magnificent season where he hit .286/.364/.514. Then, Harper had the postseason of his life, hitting .349/.414/.746, highlighted by a game-winning eight-inning home run in Game 5 of the NLCS.