He suffered an UCL injury that forced the Phils to remove him from the field and make him a full-time designated hitter, and he also fractured a thumb.
By the time the postseason started, he was recovering from several ailments, but never really stopped producing for his team.
Now that the Phillies season is over – it ended with a World Series loss to the Houston Astros – the team has decided that Harper goes under the knife.
“Bryce Harper will undergo UCL surgery next Wednesday, #Phillies president Dave Dombrowski announces, and it remains unknown whether it will be Tommy John surgery, and how long he’ll be sidelined in 2023,” MLB insider Bob Nightengale tweeted.
Bryce Harper will undergo UCL surgery next Wednesday, #Phillies president Dave Dombrowski announces, and it remains unknown whether it will be Tommy John surgery, and how long he'll be sidelined in 2023.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 16, 2022
How Long Will Harper Be Sidelined?
Tommy John surgery usually takes a pitcher between 14 and 16 months to return to active duties.
However, the procedure doesn’t take as much time for position players.
In other words, Harper will be ready to return in 2023, but the exact date remains unclear.
He seems likely to miss at least a small portion of the season, but should be at full strength by the summer if the procedure is, indeed, a Tommy John.
Harper was, once again, the Phillies’ best player this past season.
He slashed .286/.364/.514 with 18 home runs in 426 plate appearances, but took it up a notch in the postseason.
There, the slugger hit .349/.414/.746 with six round-trippers in 71 trips to the plate.
It’s scary to think about the kind of numbers Harper can put if he is 100 percent healthy.
We might find out in 2023, as the Phillies try to return to the Fall Classic.