Phillies prospect Matt Imhof loses an eye in a freak accident

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This past Friday, Phillies pitching prospect was the victim of a freak training accident, as ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported. A piece of equipment malfunctioned and, as Imhof himself described it on his Instagram, “A large price of metal hit me in the head/eye resulting in a fractured nose, 2 fractured orbital bones, and most significantly, the loss of vision in my right eye.”

Doctors at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute tried to reconstruct his eye, but they informed him that he would likely never regain his sight in that eye. The first surgery was successful, but he didn’t regain his vision, so Imhof agreed with his doctors that the best decision from a quality of life standpoint was to remove the eye in favor of a prosthetic eye.

Imhof ended his Instagram post with this motivational message:

I just wanted to write this message to let everyone know that even though I suffered some bad luck, I’m not dead. I’m gonna be alright, I’m gonna persevere, and I’m gonna succeed. It takes more than this to bring me down. Again thanks to everyone for the support .

Obviously, this is extremely bad luck for Imhof, but it’s great to see that he is dealing with it as well as anybody could. We wish him the best of luck in his recovery and with whatever he chooses to do going forward, whether or not that involves baseball.

Imhof, 22, was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2014 draft. He was with Single-A Clearwater this season, where he posted a 3.91 ERA with a 48/43 K/BB ratio in 53 innings.

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.