Phillies Get Encouraging Injury Update on Bryce Harper

David Kaestle
The Phillies delivered an exciting Bryce Harper injury update.
The Phillies delivered an exciting Bryce Harper injury update. / Associated Press
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Bryce Harper put off Tommy John surgery last season and played out the year, helping the Philadelphia Phillies reach the World Series. He elected to have surgery once the season was over and will likely miss the first half of 2023, although president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski shared an exciting update on Harper's recovery on Thursday.

Bryce Harper Injury Update

Dombrowski said that Harper will start swinging a bat again in March. That's encouraging news for Phillies fans who can't wait to get their best player back on the field.

Harper will first return as a designated hitter to avoid using his recovering elbow. The timeline for his full-time return will be determined based on how his rehab goes.

Harper's injuries last year limited him to just 99 games, 18 home runs and 65 RBIs during the regular season, but he was huge in the playoffs. No moment was bigger than his eighth-inning go-ahead home run to help Philadelphia beat the San Diego Padres in the deciding game of the NLCS.

The Phillies will miss the two-time MVP while he's out, but hopefully he can come back healthy for the stretch run and lead Philadelphia back to the Fall Classic. The Phillies currently have the seventh-best odds to win the World Series (+1400) on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

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