Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper, who underwent elbow surgery last November, is accelerating his rehabilitation. It is known that it is possible to return in the first half at the earliest.
Philadelphia president Dave Dombrowski said on the 24th (hereinafter Korean time), “Harper is practicing his swing with a bat at his home in Las Vegas. He is scheduled to join camp on March 9 or 10.”
Harper underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow from Dr. Neil Ellatrache at the Zov Clinic in Los Angeles on November 23 after last year’s season. He played with elbow pain throughout last season. He had such a strong will.
Harper, who started the season in right field last year, will start as the designated hitter after complaining of ligament pain in his right elbow against the Miami Marlins on April 17th. In May, he received a ‘platelet-rich plasma injection’ and showed fighting spirit, but on June 26, against the San Diego Padres, he was hit on the left thumb by Blake Snell’s ball in the top of the 4th inning and suffered a fracture, and was placed on the injured list the next day.
After two months of rehabilitation, he returned on August 27, but the feeling of hitting was not the same as before.
The batting average was 0.318 in 64 games before the injury, but after returning, the batting average was only 0.227, 3 homers, and 17 RBIs in 35 games. That means he had the aftereffects of his injury. In the end, he ended the season with a batting average of 0.286 (106 hits in 370 at-bats), 18 home runs, 65 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.877 in 99 games for the season.
However, he wielded the fire bat again in the postseason. He appeared in 17 games from the Wild Card Series to the World Series, marking a batting average of 0.349 (22 hits in 63 at-bats), 6 home runs, and 13 RBIs. In particular, in the league championship series against San Diego, he poured out 2 homers and 5 RBIs with a batting average of 40%, and was even selected as the series MVP.
Harper’s expected return is before the All-Star break. There is a prospect that it is possible as early as June. Of course, it is a scenario based on the premise that he will play as a designated hitter, not as a fielder. “From a rehabilitation point of view, he’s doing very well. The doctors are happy with his rehabilitation process,” said Dombrowski. 바카라사이트
According to Philadelphia coach Rob Thompson, Harper’s next step in rehab is tee-batting. It is a batting drill in which a ball is placed on a bar and hit with it. If there is no problem in the process, it goes into toss betting.
Harper was notified of being selected for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) U.S. team in August of last year and willingly expressed his willingness to participate, but gave up his dream due to elbow surgery. Harper has no WBC experience.