Since returning from a nearly two-month stint on the disabled list with a left thumb injury on June 30, it’s no secret that Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has struggled to find his timing in the batters box.
In the 10 games he’s played since his return, Harper has seen his batting average drop from .291 to .246 and has only driven in two runs. He has yet to have a multi-hit day since his return and he’s struck out 13 times. Fortunately for Harper and the Nationals, however, it looks like Harper may have started to put his struggles behind him.
Leading off the seventh inning against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett last night, Harper launched a 1-0 fastball over the right field wall for his second home run of the season and his first since coming off the disabled list. The homer didn’t help much, as the Nationals went on to lose the game, 6-2, but it was an encouraging sign from Harper, who hopes that his season is finally taking a turn for the better.
“I’m still trying to work every day and see how I feel,” Harper told MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. “I’m really just coming in, getting my routine and just trying to have good ABs.”
If you missed Harper’s homer last night, be sure to check it out below!