Expected to fully recover, the 21-year-old Harper will require 4-6 weeks of rest before training to get “as big as a house.”
Harper batted .274 with 20 homers and 58 RBI over 118 games in 2013.
Unfortunately, Harper was plagued by lingering shoulder and knee ailments after violently colliding with the outfield wall at Chavez Ravine on May 13.
Hence, it’s virtually impossible to fairly judge or analyze the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year’s sophomore showing.
Prior to the fiasco in Tinseltown, Harper had a legitimate opportunity to overtake flamethrower Vida Blue as the youngest MVP in MLB history.
Blue’s record was secured largely thanks to the indecision and procrastination of general manager Mike Rizzo.
After weeks of consideration, Rizzo finally decided to place Harper on the 15-day disabled list and the “Sin City” native ultimately missed more than a month on the diamond.
A five-tool player and two-time All-Star, Harper’s determined to further strengthen and shield his body.
Harper, who is reportedly seeking a 12-year contract extension following the conclusion of the 2015 season, wisely had the procedure completed before November.
Recharged and even fitter by April, Bryce Harper is destined for a thoroughly brilliant campaign in “the District.”by