Bryce Harper out for start of season after Tommy John surgery

By , Audacy Sports

Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will likely miss at least the first six weeks of the 2023 regular season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

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The 30-year-old, seven-time All-Star was first diagnosed with a torn right UCL in May, which limited him to DH duties for the remainder of the season.

According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Philly, Harper's surgery went "very well," and he could be back "hitting competitively" by mid-May, perhaps with the Phillies or on a rehab assignment. That means Harper will miss Opening Day and at least the first month-plus of what will be his 12th MLB campaign.

The development comes as little surprise after the Phillies recently announced that Harper would undergo surgery of some kind to address the torn ligament. However, it wasn't clear until the surgery was underway whether he would need a partial or full repair.

The ailment didn't seem to bother Harper very much from the perspective of his performance last season. He hit .286/.364/.514 in the regular season, then went on a tear to the tune of .349/.414/.746 during the Phillies' postseason run.

While the reconstructive surgery was not exactly good news for Harper and the Phils, it's not nearly the setback for position players as it is for pitchers, who are usually sidelined for at least a calendar year by Tommy John surgery.

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