Bryce Harper takes on-field BP for 1st time since surgery

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FILE - Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper runs the bases after a two-run home run during the first inning in Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Nov. 1, 2022, in Philadelphia. Harper was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, March 30, 2023 by the Phillies, who avoided the 60-day list for their star slugger and left open the opportunity that he could return before the end of May. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

NEW YORK – Bryce Harper has taken on-field batting practice for the first time since Tommy John surgery last fall.

The Philadelphia Phillies said Harper hit on the field before Tuesday night's game at Yankee Stadium.

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Harper, a two-time National League MVP, was operated on last Nov. 23 and was projected to return as a designated hitter by the All-Star break. He appears to be on track for an earlier return, and Philadelphia has Harper on the 10-day injured list rather than the 60, which would have ruled him out until May 29.


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