Bryce Harper performed Tommy John surgery. Phillies says he will miss the start of the season

Philadelphia — Phillies’ outfielder Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neil Al-Atrash in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to the Philadelphia lineup as the designated hitter at the All-Star break. The team said he could be back on the right field by the end of the season.

Harper, 30, suffered a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow in April. He last played right field in Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and turned into the designated hitter.

Harper met on November 14 with Turk, who determined that the tear had not healed on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series championship since 2009, losing in six games to Houston. 349 with six homers and 13 RBI in 17 postseason games.

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In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he hit a pitch and was sidelined for two months. He is still a two-time NL MVP hitting . 286 with 18 homers and 65 RBI for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies can use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber as designated hitter. JT Realmuto can also be your DH when he needs a break from his duties.

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