Phillies slugger Bryce Harper (sore again) returns to lineup

TAMPA, Fla. — Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper was within the lineup for Saturday’s recreation in opposition to the New York Yankees after lacking every week due to a sore decrease again.

Harper hadn’t performed in a spring coaching recreation since March 14. The primary baseman took half in a simulated recreation Friday.

After 11 seasons as an outfielder, Harper moved to first base final 12 months when he returned from Tommy John surgical procedure, which he had in November 2022. Again as a delegated hitter on Could 2, Harper began enjoying first on July 21 and had 36 regular-season begins there, plus 13 within the playoffs.

Harper was slowed by again spasms final summer time, popping out of an Aug. 10 recreation in opposition to the Washington Nationals then making solely six begins within the area over the subsequent 21 video games.

Philadelphia opens the common season Thursday at dwelling in opposition to Atlanta.

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