PHILADELPHIA ( Associated Press) – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday.
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Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as a designated hitter during the All-Star break. According to the team, by the end of the season, he can be back in the right field.
Harper, 30, suffered a minor tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow in April. He last played right field on April 16 in Miami. He received an enriched injection of plasma in May and was traded as a designated hitter.
He met with ElAttrache on 14 November, who decided that the tear had not healed on its own and that surgery was necessary.
Even with an elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series appearance since 2009, losing to Houston in six games. In 17 post-season games, he hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBI.
In late June, Harper’s thumb was broken when he was hit by a pitch and was out for two months. A two-time National League MVP, he hit .286 with 18 home runs and 65 RBIs on the season.
Harper left Washington and signed a $330 million, 13-year contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.
With Harper gone, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber as designated hitters. JT Realmuto could also fill that role when he needs a break from his catching duties.