Bryce Harper (31, Philadelphia Phillies), who underwent elbow ligament joint surgery (Tommy John surgery), returns to spring camp.
Local media such as the Associated Press reported on the 24th (Korean time) that Harper, who underwent right elbow surgery in November last year, is expected to join the spring camp two weeks later.
Harper battled injuries last year. In April, he was diagnosed with an elbow ligament injury. He played as a designated hitter instead of surgery and endured, but suffered a thumb fracture at the end of the sixth round and was sidelined for two months. Even though he was not in perfect physical condition, the class that won the National League MVP (Most Valuable Player) in 2015 and 2021 was still the same. He struggled with a batting average of 286, 18 homers, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.877, and hit 6 homers in the postseason to lead the team to the World Series.
After finishing the postseason, Harper underwent Tommy John surgery in November. In his rehab he has now entered the swing phase at his home located in Las Vegas. He aims to join Team Spring Camp on the 8th or 9th of next month.
Philadelphia president Dave Dombrowski said, “Harper’s recovery is good. The medical team is happy with his recovery.” When news of the surgery was reported, it was predicted that he would return only around the All-Star Game in July. However, he was expected to return in May after the surgery, but if the pace is fast, it is expected that he will be able to pull back the return schedule.
Depending on the timing of Harper’s return, it is expected that Philadelphia will be able to ‘dream big’ this season. Philadelphia, which finished runner-up last year, signed All-Star shortstop Trey Turner for 300 million dollars in 11 years ahead of this season, strengthening its will for the presidency. Not only did he fill the shortstop, 카지노 which was his weakness, but he also worked hard to reinforce each position, such as closer Craig Kimbrel, infielder Josh Harrison, and starter Taihuan Walker.
Even if the power is strong, it is difficult to win the district championship in the fiercely competitive National League East Division if the team’s center is shaken. Harper needs to maintain more offensive power than last year in order for Philadelphia to shake off the disappointment last year, when it finished runner-up.