While Reid Detmers earned the American League Player of the Week honors, an established star won the recognition in the National League.
“Bryce Harper is the national league player of the week! .609/.643/1.261, 8 runs scored, 14 hits, 6 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBI, 3 stolen bases, 6 games played,” John Clark, a reporter covering the team, tweeted.
Bryce Harper is the national league player of the week! 🔥🔥
8 runs scored
3 home runs
3 stolen bases
6 games played
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) May 16, 2022
That’s not the most impressive part of all: he is doing it all with a partially torn UCL.
The injury is said to have little impact on his hitting (if it wasn’t evident already, just go back and look last week’s numbers), but he can’t throw for a while.
The Injury Isn’t Affecting His Offense
Even still, it can be bothersome to hit with a partially torn ligament in his elbow, but he is showing no signs of slowing down at the plate.
For the season, Harper is hitting .305 with 29 runs scored, nine home runs, 27 RBI, six stolen bases, and a .995 OPS for the Phillies.
He is, once again, the team’s best player by a considerable margin.
However, the Phils have a losing record as of Monday afternoon: they are 17-18, 5.5 games behind the New York Mets.
Still, things could be worse for them, and as currently constructed, they could challenge for a spot in the postseason.
They will need a fully healthy Harper, though: if anything happens to him that prevents him from taking the field, Philadelphia will be in big trouble.
He has a very good chance to make a run for his third MVP award and second in a row: he looks fantastic and some of his potential foes have suffered injuries or aren’t playing at their best.