MLB summary of August 26 in the National League: Bryce Harper officially back


PHILADELPHIA – Bryce Harper was back in the batting role for the Philadelphia Phillies for Friday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after a 52-game absence with a broken left thumb.

In his first outing since being shot by Blake Snell of the San Diego Padres on June 25, Harper was the designated hitter and ranked fourth in the roster.

In the midst of a winning streak, the Phillies have just completed a four-game home series sweep against the Cincinnati Reds.

Since Harper’s last game in the lineup, the Phillies are 32-20. They started Friday’s game ranked second in the hunt for the fourth ace in the National League.

Named most valuable player to his team in the National League last season, Harper has a .318 batting average with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 64 games in 2022.

In two fitness games with Lehigh Valley, the Phillies’ AAA-level farm club on Tuesday and Wednesday, Harper had five hits on eight at-bats, including two home runs and two doubles. He also scored six points.

The Phillies had planned to keep Harper with their AAA roster until Saturday. His return to the Major Leagues was brought forward after he hit a double to win his team on Wednesday night.

Elsewhere in the National League

Dodgers-Marlins

THE D :

MIA :

Reds-Nationals

NIC :

WAS :

Pirates – Phillies

PIT :

PHI :

Rockies-Mets

COLLAR :

NYM :

Cubs-Brewers

HCC :

MIL :

Braves – Cardinals

ATL :

STL :



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