Bryce Harper (31, Philadelphia Phillies), who played only as a designated hitter after suffering an elbow injury last year, is back in full shape.
The Associated Press reported on the 24th (Korean time) that Harper will join spring training in Philadelphia in about two weeks. He is also expected to participate in an exhibition match.
Previously, Harper suffered an elbow ligament injury in April of last year, and served as a designated hitter until elbow ligament joint surgery (Tommy John surgery) in November.
Tommy John surgery requires more than a year of rehabilitation for pitchers, but six months for fielders. Harper was expected to return in May.
But Harper is expected to return sooner. He may participate in spring training in early March for an exhibition game, and then push for a return in April.
Of course, Philadelphia will never rush Harper’s return. Hopefully Harper will return to a more complete form and lead the lineup. 슬롯사이트
Harper appeared in 99 games last year despite the injury, showing a good performance with a batting average of 0.286, 18 homers, 65 RBIs, and an on-base percentage of 0.364 and an OPS of 0.877.
In particular, Harper was named MVP last year with a batting average of 0.400 and 2 home runs OPS of 1.250 in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) against the San Diego Padres.
Philadelphia advanced to the World Series by defeating San Diego amidst Harper’s performance. He aims to win the World Series in the 2023 season.