Bryce Harper Finally Addressing Injury After Epic Postseason
Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper was so hot during the postseason that it was easy to forget he was playing through an injury.
Harper, who is still dealing with a torn UCL suffered during the regular season, will have the injury evaluated on Monday now that the World Series is over.
Bryce Harper Injury Update
Harper missed significant time during the regular season with a right UCL tear -- the same type of injury that typically results in Tommy John surgery for pitchers. His 99 games played was his lowest total for a season (excluding 2020) and he was limited to designated hitter upon returning, unable to play the outfield. His batting also suffered, as his .877 OPS was his lowest since 2016.
The ailment didn't seem to slow Harper down during Philadelphia's epic run to the World Series, however. The two-time NL MVP led the charge, hitting safely in 11 straight playoff games at one point while slashing .349/.414/.746 with 6 home runs and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.
Harper's offseason treatment plan is still unclear, according to Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. He may undergo Tommy John surgery or may not require surgery at all. The team will know more next week after his evaluation, although it's possible he could miss time in 2023 if he needs to go under the knife.
Based on how far Harper carried the team in 2022, that's a price the Phillies are willing to pay. They currently have the eighth-best odds (+1600) of winning the World Series next year on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.
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