The timetable for his return is currently unknown unfortunately but we do have some details to share with you. Let’s hope for the BEST case scenarios for all of these!
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Bryce Harper will undergo surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow next week according to Team President Dave Dombrowski. November 23rd is the date of the procedure but it is not immediately known how long the timetable will be for his return to the field.
“We have no prognosis, really, until [the surgeon] goes into the elbow and takes a look at it,” Dombrowski said. “We’ll have something at that time with the surgery and the anticipation something will happen. I think it will slow him down for the season. We’ll know more next week.”
Here’s more about the surgery according to ESPN.com
“The injury prevented him from playing in the field the rest of the season. The 30-year-old received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow in May and shifted to the designated hitter role.”
Harper played Designated Hitter throughout most of the season this year including the entire in the World Seriesrun of 2022. He had a batting average of .400 against the Atlanta Braves during the playoffs and .500 against the San Diego Padres during the National League Championship Series.
Dombrowski added that Harper’s Opening Day availability won’t affect offseason moves for the Philadelphia Phillies and added that Nick Castellanos, Kyle Schwarber and even J.T. Realmuto could play in the Designated Hitter spot.
Experts are also telling the organization that the extend of the injury cannot be determined until the surgeon gets a look at the UCL during the surgery. This could be considered Tommy John Surgery just depending on the severity of the injury. That is why the timetable for return is unknown.