There was recently an interesting wrinkle in the rehab of Bryce Harper. As first reported by Matt Gelb of The Athletic, Bryce Harper has been working out at first base. The hope being that he could pick up the position, and eventually play it after returning from injury. 1st Base would not put as much of a strain on his throwing elbow, opening the door he could return to the field earlier than if he just played outfield. And to get insight on if that is a real option for the Phillies, The Best Show Ever talked to Scott Lauber from The Philadelphia Inquirer. Who put his own story up about that potential move earlier today.
Here is what Scott Lauber said about moving Bryce Harper to 1st base
“He spoke to Dave Dombrowski a couple of days ago about the possibility of doing this. It makes some sense. they are down two first basemen. And Bryce Harper’s rehab is going really well, probably better than anyone would have expected. There is a need. If it allows him to come back and play a defensive position sooner at first base rather than later in the outfield, it is worth taking a look at.
They are going to see if it is a viable thing. If it is, not only does it enable to get Bryce Harper in the line up at a position. But it enables to leave the DH spot open. And it also doesn’t put them is a box where they don’t have to go out and trade for a 1st baseman. This is really just sort of in its beginning stages. We will see how far it takes them. But it is certainly something worth watching”
Rhys Hoskins likely won’t be back all year and is a free agent. Darick Hall has potential, but is out for two months and has not ever proven he is an everyday player. The Phillies may get more out of playing Bryce Harper at 1st and using that DH spot to give guys like Kyle Schwarber, Nick Castellanos, and JT Realmuto days off in the field.
For now, it is only something they are giving a chance. But later this season, and perhaps even going forward, there is a chance it will be Bryce Harper at 1st base for the Phillies.
You can listen to the full conversation below…
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