Phillies Right Fielder Bryce Harper to Undergo Elbow Examination

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

The Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper is set to undergo an examination of his right elbow in an effort to determine the best course of remedy. The Phillies star suffered a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in April, thereby sidelining him for the remainder of the season. Surgery remains a possibility for the 30-year-old player.

The team’s president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski spoke on Harper’s injury situation at the general manager’s meetings in Las Vegas on Wednesday, explaining that there is a chance that the injury might not impact Harper’s start to the 2023 season.

“It could be no surgery to Tommy John surgery. We’ll just have to wait and see what the doctor says,” Dombrowski said. “Of course, the [course of action has] all sorts of ramifications for us. But we can’t do anything until we find out what they are.”

Before his injury, Harper was the Phillies’ designated hitter throughout the majority of the 2022 season. Harper proved particularly effective during the playoffs, hitting .400 in the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves and .500 in the NLCS against the San Diego Padre on route to the World Series.

Dombrowski confirmed that the team will move as quickly as possible to find the optimal solution to Harper’s injury.