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MLB - US Sports: Harper enjoying designated hitter role

Bryce Harper is quite glad that Major League Baseball adopted the designated hitter rule in the National League.

It appears to be doing the Philadelphia Phillies outfielder a huge favour as he nurses an elbow injury.

Harper is 11/1 to win the National League Most Valuable Player in 2022 and he was batting .156 with one home run in nine games prior to 16th April.

Harper's form on the up

Since only playing as DH he has hit .366 with two home runs, six RBI's in 10 games. Harper had three hits with one triple and two runs on Wednesday night, as the Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 7-3.

Because of the designated hitter situation, Harper has been able to rest his elbow, which still feels achy, however, he has still been available in the middle of the Phillies line-up, but has been prevented from throwing since the middle of April.

He won't throw again until next Tuesday and will be the Phillies' DH until the foreseeable future.

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Harper spoke to the official Philadelphia Phillies website and said: "I'm trying not to miss pitches in the zone. I think that's what I've been doing lately. I think there are times when I've missed pitches in the zone and have been chasing out of my zone.

"I've just been trying to hone it back in, try to get things going again. Get the hits that come in bunches and get on base as much as I can for the guys behind me.

"I think as a line-up now these last three days we've done a great job of getting the starters out early and making it tough for the bullpen guys as well."

Zack Wheeler (0-3) will be on the mound for the Phillies against the Rockies on Thursday, hoping to improve on a poor start to the season.

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