December 2, 2023

Per Bryce Harper’s Instagram, he has been cleared


Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper (3) hits a 2-run home run over Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning during Game 3 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Karen Warren/

Well, well, well, would you look at this.

2021 MVP and 2022 NLCS MVP Bryce Harper had Tommy John surgery on November 23, 2022. With the recovery process usually taking around a year, an All-Star break return for Harper seemed plausible.

However, we are talking about Bryce Harper here.

Harper stimulated one heck of a comeback, as he was set to have a follow-up visit with Dr. Neal ElAttrache Monday morning in Los Angeles.

Phillies manager Rob Thomson won’t meet with the media until 8:05 pm ET Monday, at which point there will probably be an official update on how the appointment went already.

However, an Instagram post from Harper Monday afternoon indicates that he has obtained clearance to slide, the last obstacle he needed to tackle before making his return:

Uh, yeah. We are ready.

If he is cleared, Harper is expected to return to the Phillies’ lineup as the designated hitter Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium — nearly 160 days following the surgery to reconstruct his right elbow. He has defied every established timeline.

It is incredible.

Stay tuned to as more information is publicized.

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