Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper, who underwent elbow surgery and completed rehabilitation at a near-miracle pace, was silent in the return match.
Harper, a two-time National League MVP,메이저사이트 started as the third designated hitter in an away game against the Los Angeles Dodgers held at Dodger Stadium on the 3rd (Korean time) and recorded no hits and three strikeouts in four at-bats.
Harper underwent right elbow ligament reconstruction surgery, also known as Tommy John Surgery (TJS), from Dr. Neil Elatrache in Los Angeles on November 24 last year. Originally, the time to return was expected to be around the All-Star break in July. Usually, a hitter’s TJS rehabilitation period is 6 to 8 months.
However, Harper went to practice after five months. Rehabilitation after surgery took exactly 160 days. ESPN said, “After analyzing the data, it is the fastest return ever among major leaguers who received TJS.” It is a record worthy of being entered in the Guinness Book of Records.
On that day, 42,780 fans gathered at Dodger Stadium. Most of them were Dodgers fans, but there were also a lot of Phillies fans wearing Philadelphia jerseys.
When Harper made his first at-bat after two deaths in the top of the first inning, the fans burst into applause. It must have meant congratulating him on his comeback. But the applause soon turned to boos. It is not possible to just congratulate the return of the opposing team’s leading hitter. Harper struck out on a swing by Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias. He slid his bat on an 81-mile slub on the outside of the fifth pitch on a ball count of 2B2S.
In the second at-bat in the 4th inning, he withdrew with a ground ball to the third baseman, and in the 6th inning, he struck out again with a missed swing on the 5th pitch 86 mile cutter with a ball count of 1B2S. This time, Yurias also attacked from the outside. Harper also struck out on a swing in the last plate in the ninth inning. Dodgers right-hander Phil Brickford missed the 84-mph slider on the third pitch.
After the match, Harper said, “I know it’s going to take some time. Today’s results are not good at all. No one wants that. I hope the results are better. I’m just happy to be back. I’ve been rehabilitating and training hard for six months. It was so nice to be back today. As the season unfolds, I will try to make as many appearances as possible.”
However, Yurias’s impression of Harper’s comeback that day also drew attention. Urias faced Harper 3 times and overwhelmingly defeated him with 2 strikeouts and 1 ground ball.
It is said that Urias expected Harper to unconditionally hold out the bat to the first pitch in his first at-bat of his return. “Obviously he had that hunger to show off what an amazing player he is. He hit a home run on me last year, so he went into the plate with confidence.” said.
Harper once hit a three-run home run at Dodger Stadium on May 15 of last year by hitting Yurias’ first pitch with second and third basemen safely in the top of the third inning. In that game, Urias was beaten with 8 hits and 8 runs in 6 innings and lost.
Harper said, “I tried to hit the ball that came to home plate and get the results I could. The opposing pitcher threw the ball very well today. Isn’t that the big league? You can meet a pitcher like that. He was very good today.” He raised Urias up.
Harper swung the bat at the first pitch in all four at-bats that day. 3 was a foul and 1 was a miss. It is an analysis that the desire was excessive.
On this day, the Dodgers won 13 to 1 thanks to Yurias’ strong pitching, who allowed 1 run with 1 hit and 10 strikeouts in 7 innings, and Mookie Betts’ hard hitting, who hit 3 RBIs in 4 at-bats.