The slugging first baseman will spend the rest of this season recovering and rehabbing from a torn labrum that he suffered on April 25th. A tear in the labrum (a ring of cartilage surrounding the joint in which the arm fits into the shoulder) is a fairly common injury among pitchers, but not so much with hitters.
"More pitchers do it pitching," said Brett Harper, "but I did it hitting, swinging the bat."
Brett Harper was meeting the expectations through the first 19 games of this season. He compiled 22 hits in 65 at-bats, to the tune of a .338
average. He also showed noticeable strides in his defensive game, which had been a focus of offseason training for Harper.
But the injury bug finally caught up to Harper, who had collected over 200 at-bats in each of the last three seasons with Binghamton, his first three long-season professional campaigns with the Mets.
"Up to this point in my career, I've been pretty fortunate with being able to stay healthy and pretty much play everyday," said Harper, in a
phone interview from his Arizona home on Wednesday.
Harper had surgery to repair the torn labrum in his right arm (his throwing arm) last week, and was optimistic about his condition, despite
still being in a sling.
"I feel good," he said, "it's only been a week and I'm actually moving my arm pretty good."
In the meantime, Binghamton's offensive woes continue, as they've scored five runs or more only six times in the 35 games Harper has been out of the lineup. Binghamton was 10-9 with Harper as their first baseman, and is 13-23 without him.
"Well right now we can use any help, out offense isn't producing a whole lot," said Binghamton manager Juan Samuel, of missing Harper's bat in
It might be some time before Brett Harper has a bat in his hands again, but he's hoping to begin the rehab process in Florida sometime within
"This season's over, labrum surgery is usually a pretty lengthy recovery," said Harper. "My goal is to be back on the field and play a
little winter ball."
Harper Hopes To Be Back By Winter
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