OKBET allsports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury had earlier reported that the operation went “extremely nicely,” and that Bryce Harper may return to “hitting competitively by mid-May.”
In early May, the Phillies’ president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski, informed reporters that the team wouldn’t know whether Tommy John surgery was required “until they get in there” despite the fact that elbow surgery was essential.
While this isn’t the ideal news for Philadelphia, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reassured fans not to worry too much about Tommy John surgery since Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani had it in October 2018 and was back in the lineup as a designated hitter by May 2019.
Unfortunately, Harper’s injury history has been all too true as of late.
The previous season, he was out for a while due to a fractured thumb, and then in May, he tore the UCL. For what it’s worth, he came back in time to play DH for the club as they advanced to the Fall Classic.
If he’s not injured, he’s one of the greatest players in the league.
With two NL MVP trophies, a Rookie of the Year honor, seven All-Star nods, two Silver Sluggers, and an NLCS MVP trophy already under his belt, Harper has had a very successful baseball career.
The 30-year-old hit.286,.364,.514 with 18 homers and 65 RBI in 99 games in 2022. A return by May would be great news for the Phillies, since it’s hard to see them competing at the same level without Harper in the center of the lineup.