PHILLIES’ INJURED AARON ALTHERR: I’LL BE BACK THIS SEASON!

By Sam Bush

Aaron Altherr is nothing if not optimistic.

Earlier this month, Altherr tore the tendon sheath in his left wrist, which required surgery, immobilization for four weeks, and he is not expected to play until July, at the earliest.

“Definitely, it’s disappointing,” Altherr told MLB.com yesterday at Bright House Field on Tuesday morning.

Altherr, 25, hit .241 with 11 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 22 RBIs and an .827 OPS in 161 plate appearances last season.

Altherr plans to play again this season.

“Oh, definitely,” he said. “No doubt. I definitely can see myself being back sometime before the season’s over. Definitely I have that goal in mind to get back before then.”

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira had the surgery in July 2013. He returned to the lineup in April 2014 but posted the lowest OPS (.711) of his career. He returned to form (.906 OPS) last season. Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista had the surgery in August 2012, then returned by Opening Day 2013 but posted his lowest OPS in four seasons (.856 OPS) before returning to form in 2014 (.928 OPS).

“A couple guys have texted me about it, just to tell me to be patient, it might take a while,” Altherr said. “I don’t really want to hear that. I just want to hear you can get back as soon as possible. I’m going to try as hard as I can to get back faster.

“Everybody heals differently. It’s just a matter of how my body feels and how it feels after I can start rehabbing and moving around. It’s really up to me how I feel and how soon I can be back.”

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