Jarrod Parker fractured his elbow during a spring training game last month. It was horrible, not just for its own sake, but because Parker had dealt with so many other injuries and the latest one just made it seem like the guy is snakebitten.
Maybe Daniel Winkler is the east coast version of Parker. In 2014, when he was with the Rockies he had to have Tommy John surgery. That derailed his prospect status and sent him into journeyman land. He had latched on with the Braves last year and had a nice spring, making the big club’s pen.
Then yesterday, while throwing a pitch against the Cardinals he fractured his elbow and ran off the mound in obvious pain. If you must you can watch the video here, but don’t feel obligated.
He’ll have to have surgery now and will likely miss the entire year. Such a shame.
PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.
The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.
The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.
Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.
Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.
In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs 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 could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.