The choice has been made: Scott Boras tells ESPN’s Adam Rubin that his client Matt Harvey will undergo surgery to fix his thoracic outlet syndrome. The surgery, which requires a recovery time of at least four months, will end Harvey’s season.
As we noted yesterday, thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition that results from excess pressure on the nerves or blood vessels between the rib cage and collarbone that can cause pain in the shoulder and neck. The condition has caused Harvey to pitch poorly this year, resulting in a record of 4-10, an ERA of 4.86 and 76 strikeouts and 25 walks in 92.2 innings.
While, if everything goes well with his surgery, Harvey should be ready for spring training, there is a long list of pitchers who were never the same after undergoing thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Good luck to Harvey in beating some tough odds against his return to dominance.
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.