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Phillies’ Bryce Harper undergoes Tommy John surgery, mid-May return possible, per report -

Phillies superstar Bryce Harper played through a torn UCL in his right elbow for the overwhelming majority of the 2022 MLB season. That’s why he was their designated hitter for all but eight games with the most recent appearance in right field coming April 16. The Phillies made it known earlier this month that Harper would have surgery to repair the UCL. He underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Salisbury notes that mid-May is a potential return for the reigning NLCS MVP.

jimfurtado Posted: November 23, 2022 at 06:58 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JRVJ Posted: November 24, 2022 at 11:31 AM (#6106691)
It's a pity that Harper will be out for so much of 2023, but since that's a byproduct of the Phillies long post-season run, I don't think anybody in Phillies fandom is complaining.
   2. John Reynard Posted: November 25, 2022 at 06:29 PM (#6106770)
I think Harper will be out until early June. I'm expecting the Phillies to start off semi-mediocre, perhaps on pace to be a 82 win team or so. Then, once Harper comes back, they'll make a run for the 2nd or 3rd WC again, minus substantive additions. If they add Trea Turner and a top SP, I'm underselling them with my guess.

Vierling/Hall will probably pick up most of the PA Harper would get if uninjured. Thats a pretty big drop-off on offense likely (unless Hall can slug .500 for 2 months, then it might only be a mild drop-off). The defense will probably be better though with one of Castellanos/Schwarber DHing daily. I'm not sure how Hall's defense is in RF actually. But, I mean, its probably at least marginally better than Castellanos. Vierling has maybe a 5% chance of turning into a decent hitter still (his statcast stuff suggests he's better than his results so far, I'm skeptical he's as much better as they think though).

So, the 2023 Phillies are likely to be under-rated again, like this year, because their full-season record isn't likely to be indicative of the team they have in October.
   3. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 26, 2022 at 09:39 PM (#6106902)
Honest question: would Harper serving as DH hinder his recovery at all? How much? Seems like a mistake to leave him out of the lineup because he can't field, which he never really could.
   4. John Reynard Posted: November 27, 2022 at 03:44 AM (#6106934)
Honest question: would Harper serving as DH hinder his recovery at all? How much? Seems like a mistake to leave him out of the lineup because he can't field, which he never really could.

I suspect he'll be able to DH by June (perhaps mid May at earliest) and play the field occasionally by July and routinely by August.

Whether he's any good in the field or not, he's better than Schwarber/Castellanos, so, once he can play regularly, he will, perhaps with 1 day a week DHing again. At least they didn't just put him in CF with Schwarber and Castellanos on the corners, right?
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: November 27, 2022 at 10:33 AM (#6106950)
Honest question: would Harper serving as DH hinder his recovery at all? How much? Seems like a mistake to leave him out of the lineup because he can't field, which he never really could.
I assume it would hinder it a lot. Your reasoning explains why he played this past season. If he didn't care about ever fielding again, I'd guess he wouldn't get the surgery in the first place.
   6. John DiFool2 Posted: November 27, 2022 at 06:26 PM (#6106977)
Didn't hinder Ohtani any.
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: November 27, 2022 at 07:57 PM (#6106982)
Ohtani didn't DH until 8 months after the surgery
   8. amityusa0106 Posted: November 27, 2022 at 09:12 PM (#6106984)
This is a very good comment. Although he has fouled and been sent off the team drift boss but with his very good performance in the last match, I think he deserves a regular place.
   9. Nasty Nate Posted: November 27, 2022 at 09:57 PM (#6106986)
This is a very good comment.
I get that a lot.
   10. Itchy Row Posted: November 28, 2022 at 02:18 PM (#6107047)
I do agree that a healthy Bryce Harper deservers a regular place with the Phillies, drift boss or not.

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