MLB Commissioner Rejects Phillies’ Appeal to Grant Bryce Harper Additional Time to Wear Elbow Brace on Bases
The Philadelphia Phillies were recently denied an appeal from Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred to allow star player Bryce Harper to wear an elbow brace while on the bases. Harper had been wearing the brace since before the season began due to a lingering injury.
The Issue at Hand
During spring training, Harper suffered a hyperextended elbow that resulted in him wearing the brace. However, MLB rules state that no player may wear any equipment that is not approved by the league, without written permission from the commissioner. Harper was given permission to wear the brace but only while batting and playing the field.
The Phillies then appealed to the commissioner, requesting that Harper be permitted to wear the brace while running the bases as well. However, Manfred denied the appeal citing that there is no evidence that Harper requires the brace for his safety while on the bases.
Harper’s Potential Risks
Harper’s injury leaves him at risk for re-injury without the use of the brace. Without it, his elbow is not properly stabilized and could easily become hyperextended once again. This could result in serious long-term damage to the elbow.
The Phillies had a valid reason to appeal on Harper’s behalf as he is a key player in their lineup. With the season heating up, every game counts and losing Harper for any period could result in a significant loss for the team. However, Manfred made his decision not to allow Harper to wear the brace.
The importance of Safety
While the Phillies clearly tried to do what they felt was best for their player and their team, Manfred’s decision ultimately comes down to safety. Even if there is no evidence that Harper requires the brace on the bases, that doesn’t mean that he won’t re-injure his elbow without it. The commissioner is responsible for ensuring all players play within the rules, but above all, they must be safe on the field.
While the Phillies have been unsuccessful in their appeal, Harper will still be able to wear the brace while batting and playing the field. It is unfortunate that he will not be permitted to wear it on the bases, but the decision was made with player safety in mind. It’s important for all players to feel safe while on the field and Manfred’s decision reflects that. #MLB #Phillies #BryceHarper #SafetyOnTheField #ElbowBrace #CommissionerDecision #SPORT