Bryce Harper's arrival at spring training camp remains a couple of weeks away as the Philadelphia Phillies' slugger recovers from elbow surgery.
Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Thursday that Harper is taking swings with a bat at home in Las Vegas and will report March 8 or 9.
Harper had surgery on his right elbow in November after leading the Phillies to the NL pennant. The Phillies said then that Harper was expected to return in a designated hitter role by the All-Star break and could play right field by season's end.
"He's doing great from the recovery perspective," Dombrowski said. "In his progress, doctors are happy where he is."
Phillies manager Rob Thomson said the next step in the rehab progress will be Harper hitting off a tee and taking soft toss in a batting cage.
Harper, 30, sustained small tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16.
Harper had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to DH. He went on to help the Phillies reach their first World Series since 2009, and they lost to Houston in six games.
He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.
Harper missed two months last season after breaking a thumb when he was hit by a pitch in late June. The two-time NL MVP hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs in 99 games.
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