Spring Shocker: Harper Will Not Be Placed on the 60-Day IL
In many of the discussions surrounding the Spring battles for positions included one note. That would be that the Phillies would have a 60-man roster spot to use. After all, the reasoning went, Bryce Harper would be sidelined until at least the All-Star Break and could be taken off of the 40-man roster via the 60-day injured list. But that may not be the case.
In a Spring Training shocker, Phillies president Dave Dombrowski told radio station WIP-FM in Philadelphia that the Phillies were optimistic that Harper might be ready before May 29. That would be the day that a 60-day injured list stint would end. That is welcome news.
After undergoing "Tommy John" surgery this past offseason, the expectation was that Harper would not need a full year like a pitcher would need. But most estimates placed Harper's return at or around the All-Star Break.
While Harper is likely limited to designated hitter duty when he returns, he would be a big boost to a Phillies lineup that might be pretty dynamic even without him.