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Bryce Harper to have UCL surgery next week, Phillies unsure when he’ll return in 2023

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Bryce Harper finally got surgery on his right elbow, but a recovery could put him out of action by the start of the 2023 season.

Philadelphia Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced Wednesday that their November 23 All-Star right fielder will undergo surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow. Harper received a small break in his UCL back in May and was forced to stop playing the field, spending the rest of the season as DH.

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The biggest question right now is when Harper will be able to play, and that question hasn’t been answered yet because we don’t know what kind of surgery he’s going to have. Dombrowski doesn’t even know. He said Tommy John’s surgery is on the table but now nothing is known.

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The news that the Phillies’ most important and famous player may need surgery, Tommy John, may be alarming to some fans. Tommy John surgery is what pitchers usually do (although players in other positions have also had it), and when they do it costs them a full calendar year to recover. But for position players, the recovery time is not as long because they don’t use their throwing hand as often as pitchers.

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For example, Los Angeles Angels pitcher and first baseman Shohei Otani underwent Tommy John surgery on October 1, 2018 and was able to return to the team as a hitter on May 7, 2019. It’s eight months, and so far it’s more than zero. or one or two months, that’s definitely less than 12. And if Harper manages to avoid Tommy John surgery, the recovery time could be even shorter.

The UCL tear only prevented Harper from fielding but not hitting. From the start of the season through June 25, Harper hit .318/.386/.599 while hitting 15 home runs. Harper then missed the next two months with a broken thumb and hit under .230 when he returned, finishing the season at .286/.364/.514 with 18 home runs. But he came alive in the playoffs, hitting .349/.414/.746 with six home runs and playing a huge role in getting the Phillies all the way to the World Series.

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 28: #3 Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after scoring a fourth inning goal against the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the 2022 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 28, 2022 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper is set to miss the start of the World Series due to right elbow surgery. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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