Andrew Heaney: “I’m trying to will my body to heal itself”


Angels starter Andrew Heaney has a bum elbow. He has damage to his UCL and, for now, he and the club are trying to rehab it rather than have him undergo Tommy John surgery. He’s received platelet-rich plasma injections and it takes time for that to work. In the meantime he waits.

But he doesn’t just wait, Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register reports:

Heaney, who is trying to treat his sore elbow without surgery, said he’s started meditating in an effort to help the healing process.

“Right now I’m trying to will my body to heal itself,” Heaney said Thursday. “The mind is a powerful thing.”

Some people laugh at this stuff, but visualization and positive thinking works for some people. Personally I’m skeptical of how much mind can work to overcome matter, but there’s certainly no harm. More importantly, a lot of players who deal with injuries talk about how isolating and discouraging the whole process is. Medical science will ultimately fix the elbow (or not) but there is no reason why Heaney should suffer mentally while that all plays out. There’s more to a patient than just the nuts and bolts.


Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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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.