Bryce Harper should be happy with his duties in the Lehigh Valley so far.
On Wednesday, the Phillies slugger, struggling to come back from a broken left thumb, gave Triple-A IronPigs a 6-5 win over the Gwinnett Stripers, thanks to a two-run walk-off double in the ninth inning.
On that night, the 29-year-old scored 3 for 5 with two RIBs and one hit, going DH and hitting second.
In two games with minor league clubs, Harper is 5-for-8 with two homers, two doubles, three score runs, six RBI, two roads and a ridiculous 2,325 OPS.
“I think every time you go out there and you can hit the ball and have a good shot, see the throws, compete at a high level, that’s always great,” Harper said after Tuesday’s 10-5 win over Gwinnett.
Pitcher stripers are likely looking forward to Sunday’s showdown against IronPigs, with the reigning NL MVP’s rehab stint expected to end on Saturday. He could return to the Phillies lineup as soon as Monday.
“Possibly, yes,” Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson he said Wednesday afternoon. “It depends on how he feels. But it was quite impressive last night [with two homers Tuesday].”
Harper, who? hurt his thumb on June 25, would be a welcome addition to a Philadelphia team battling their way back into wild card battles. He’s been candid about his inability to play right-court on his returns due to a torn UCL in his right elbow, but his offensive stats — .318 average with 15 home runs, 48 RBI and 0.985 OPS this season — can easily make up for that.
“Take him upstairs. He doesn’t need more games,” said second baseman Jean Segura after the Phillies win over the Reds on Tuesday. “What is he doing down there? He’s ready. Hope he comes back soon. If he hits two homers, take him.”