Bryce Harper has a torn elbow and will only be able to play designated hitter

Philadelphia Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper has a minor tear in his right elbow that will keep him from playing in the outfield for at least a month.

Harper visited Dr. Neil ElAttrache on Thursday, who confirmed the 29-year-old has a small tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, for which manager Joe Girardi said the reigning NL MVP will only see action as a designated hitter. until new order.

The Phillies’ plan is that in a month Harper can start a rehabilitation and throwing plan and if all goes well then he can return to his right field job. The good news is that he can stay in the lineup, as long as the situation doesn’t get worse when he swings.

Bryce Harper has a tear in his UCL that will prevent him from throwing for four weeks, but it looks like he will continue to DH for the Phillies.@philaurdelphia has more:https://t.co/ouaDeBsV5P

– Inside the Phillies (@PhilliesSI) May 13, 2022

Harper has only appeared in eight games as an outfielder this 2022 season. He has a .269/.326/.521 slash line with 6 home runs and 19 RBIs in 31 appearances for a Philadelphia team that has a 14-17 record.

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After signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies, Bryce Harper has a guaranteed salary of $26 million for the 2022 MLB season.