Bryce Harper undergoes elbow surgery as Phillies map out recovery

Philadelphia Phillies batter Bryce Harper had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday, according to the team.

The procedure was developed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed in Los Angeles.

The Phillies said Harper is not expected to return as a batsman until the All-Star break and could play back on right field by the end of the regular season.

Phillies President Dave Dombrowski told reporters last week that Harper would have elbow surgery, although it was not known if it would be a Tommy John operation.

“We don’t have a forecast, really, until [the surgeon] bend your elbows and look at it,” Dombrowski said at the time.

Harper tore his UCL in April and it prevented him from playing on the field for the remainder of the season. In May, he received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow, after which he transitioned into the role of batsman-designate. Bryce Harper undergoes elbow surgery as Phillies map out recovery

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