Phillies’ Bryce Harper has minor elbow tear, can play, but can’t throw for a month

LOS ANGELES — Phillies slugger Bryce Harper has a small torn right elbow and won’t pitch for four weeks, but the reigning NL MVP will remain in the lineup as Philly’s designated hitter .

Harper will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection on Sunday and won’t play that day, manager Joe Girardi said ahead of Thursday night’s game at Dodger Stadium.

Harper hit .269 with six homers, 19 RBIs and a .847 OPS in the series opener against Los Angeles. He won his second NL MVP award last season.

The 29-year-old star has spent most of the year in DH due to an elbow problem. In his 31 games, he has only played in his usual right field position eight times.

The small tear in Harper’s ulnar collateral ligament was discovered during a visit to Dr. Neil Etlage in Los Angeles earlier in the day.

“What we’re seeing today may confirm a new small tear,” Girardi said. “The harp will stop throwing in four weeks. He’ll have a PRP injection on Sunday and we’ll go from there.”

Harper also likely won’t play Tuesday night’s home game against San Diego, Girardi said.

“He’s going to be in our squad on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,” Girardi said.

Harper was listed as DH on Thursday and had a batting practice before the game.

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