Phillies’ Bryce Harper to Undergo Elbow Surgery

Bryce Harper with the Washington Nationals in 2018
Bryce Harper with the Washington Nationals in 2018. Photo by REX/Shutterstock (9894264b)

The Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper is set to undergo surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on November 23, Phillies president Dave Dombrowski announced on Wednesday. The player met with orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache this week, who determined that the injury would not heal on its own.

Harper is set to undergo surgery after initially suffering a tear in his UCL in April. This injury ruled him out of action for the remainder of last season. and required him to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow in May as part of his rehabilitation.

Dombrowski revealed that there is currently no timeline for the player’s recovery, while it is still unknown whether Tommy John surgery may be required.

“We have no prognosis, really, until [the surgeon] goes into the elbow and takes a look at it,” Dombrowski said. “We’ll have something at that time with the surgery and the anticipation something will happen. I think it will slow him down for the season. We’ll know more next week.”

Before his injury, Harper proved to be one of the Phillies’ standout stars last season, hitting .500 in the National League Championship Series against the San Diego Padres.