Bryce Harper has minor UCL tear in right elbow, will still DH

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper has a minor UCL laceration in his right elbow and will be unable to throw baseball for four weeks. However, he still plays.

The Philadelphia Phillies will start their four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but they have received some news that may scare fans. However, it’s not all bad.

Phillies head coach Joe Girardi has revealed that star outfielder Bryce Harper has a minor UCL laceration to his right elbow that will prevent him from throwing baseballs for at least four weeks. Still, Harper is expected to be the team’s designated hitter.

Phillies: Bryce Harper torn small in UCL, but will still play

According to Girardi, Harper plans to have a platelet-rich plasma injection on the upcoming Sunday, May 15. That means he won’t play in the series finale in Los Angeles and could miss Tuesday, May 17 against the San Diego Padres. Hopefully Harper can start pitching in four weeks.

The injury occurred on April 11 against the New York Mets when he pitched home.

Despite a small tear in his elbow, Harper showed Thursday in Philadelphia’s game against Los Angeles that he’ll be fine. In the first half of the first inning, Harper brought Tyler Anderson to midfield at Dodger Field to give the Phillies an early 1-0 lead.

In 31 games, Harper slashed .269/.326/.521 while recording six homers, 19 RBIs, 24 runs and 32 hits.

Harper hasn’t been able to pitch for nearly a month, but luckily the NL has a designated hitter so the Phillies won’t miss his bat in order.


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