Bryce has elbow surgery, should return as DH by All-Star break

Phillies star Bryce Harper underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair the torn UCL in his right elbow, the team announced. The prognosis is for Harper to return as the designated hitter by the 2023 All-Star break with a possible return to play right field towards the end of the regular season, according to the club.

Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced earlier this month that Harper would have UCL surgery, but could not elaborate on the exact nature of the operation, which was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper suffered his elbow injury while making a throw to home plate against the Mets on April 11 and didn’t play in the outfield after April 16. He went through a throwing program during his two-month stint on the injured list over the summer due to a broken left thumb, but the team shut it down as Harper still felt something in the elbow.

However, the injury didn’t impact Harper’s play at the plate during the Phillies’ run to the World Series. The two-time National League Most Valuable Player slashed .349/.414/.746 during the postseason and was named NL Championship Series MVP following the team’s victory in five games over the Padres.

For the sake of comparison, Angels star Shohei Ohtani had Tommy John surgery on Oct. 1, 2018, and he returned as the team’s designated hitter on May 7, 2019.

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