Bryce Harper’s rehab gives Atlanta Braves Triple-A team social media wins

Aug 5, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper (3) looks on before the game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 5, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper (3) looks on before the game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports /
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It’s safe to say that Bryce Harper has looked sharp during his brief rehab assignment with the Triple-A farm team of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. In his first two games against the Gwinnett Stripers, the Triple-A farm team of the Atlanta Braves, Harper is 5-for-8 with two doubles, two home runs, and six RBI.

In those two games, Harper has logged a two-homer game that paced Lehigh Valley to a 10-5 win on Tuesday night, and followed that with a walk-off double on Wednesday night that gave the IronPigs the 6-5 victory.

Put all of Harper’s stats together during the first two games and you will see a slash line of .625/.700/1.625. An OPS of 2.325? It’s easy to see why the Philadelphia Phillies could well bring Harper back to MLB sooner than was originally thought. The 29-year-old Harper has not had at -bat for the Phillies since June 25 when he was hit by a 97 mph fastball and suffered a fractured thumb.

But Bryce Harper isn’t the only one winning during his rehab stint as the Triple-A team for the Atlanta Braves is having some fun on social media with the reigning MVP’s appearance as well

The social media team for the Stripers has been racking up some wins of their own while Harper has been raking. On Tuesday, after the game where Harper smacked two home runs and drove in four, @GoStripers decided to go with the obvious takes.

And that walk-off double on Wednesday? Yep, there was some social media commentary from the Stripers as well.

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Philadelphia enters Thursday’s action 9.5 games back of the New York Mets (and 8.0 games behind the Braves) in the National League East, but 2.0 games ahead of the San Diego Padres for the final NL Wild Card spot. Harper’s return will certainly be a boost for the Phillies and a sigh of relief for the Stripers and other teams in the International League.