Bryce Harper of the Phillies will have Tommy John surgery and may be sidelined until the All-Star break.

The vast part of the 2022 MLB season was played by Bryce Harper, the star pitcher for the Phillies, despite having a torn UCL in his right arm. He played right field for the last time on April 16, so he was their designated hitter for all but eight games. Harper underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, according to the Phillies, who had earlier this month disclosed that he would have surgery to repair the UCL.

According to the organization, the current NLCS MVP might make a comeback around the All-Star break to take over as designated hitter before transitioning to right field later in the season.

Because pitchers typically need 12 to 18 months or longer to recover after Tommy John surgery, the recovery period may seem accelerated after the procedure.

It’s possible that Harper will regain all of his range of motion and the strength necessary to swing before he can unleash throws from right field. Harper swung the bat pretty well throughout last season despite the injury. That indicates that he will return as a DH before shifting to right field, as the team said. Since they done it just now, we know the Phillies are ready to face that fact.

Additionally, given that Harper has done so with previous injuries, it wouldn’t be unexpected if he beat the timeline.

In 99 games last season, Harper, 30, hit.286/.364/.514 (145 OPS+) with 28 doubles, 18 home runs, 65 RBI, 63 runs, 11 steals, and 2.5 WAR. Remember that he also lost two months due to a broken thumb he sustained after being struck by a pitch. Later, as the Phillies advanced to the World Series, he hit.349/.414/.746 in 17 playoff games with seven doubles, six home runs, 13 RBI, and 12 runs.

The Phillies finished 87-75 throughout the regular season, but they also proved they could contend without Harper. When he was out with a fractured thumb, they defeated them 32–20. They are undoubtedly a better team with him in the starting line up, and if all goes well, that will be from around the All-Star break through the rest of the 2023 season.