When will Bryce Harper play again for the Phillies? These two cases offer some clues.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper left an operating room in Los Angeles on Nov. 23 with a reconstructed ligament in his right elbow and a giant question mark over his head. When might he play again? In a tightly worded news release issued on Thanksgiving eve, the Phillies announced that the face of the franchise will be back in the lineup, initially as the designated hitter, “by the All-Star break of 2023.” More than a week later, we’re still pondering the ambiguity of that statement. The All-Star break isn’t until July 10-13. By then, the Phillies will have played 90 games. Is Harper really going t…

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