Roberts' family predicted Jayson Werth homer

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werth headshot.jpgCraig gave a nice obituary Thursday on the life and times of former major leaguer Robin Roberts, who passed away suddenly at the age of 83.  Now Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer has added to the legend.

According to Gelb, Roberts’ 18-year-old granddaughter Jennifer had a premonition when Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth stepped to the plate Thursday against the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse.  She predicted that he would homer in honor of her grandfather, and he did just that.

“She said Werth was going to hit a home run just for Pops,” Roberts’ son Jim told the Inquirer. “And then he did. There were quite a
few tears in our living room at that point.”

The Phillies went on to win 7-2, taking three-of-four games from the NL Central-leading Redbirds.  Werth was informed of the prediction after the game.

“That’s [amazing] right there,” the Phillies’ rightfielder said, rubbing the goosebumps on his arm.

Werth, 30, is batting a scorching .354 this season with a .417 on-base percentage and five home runs in 99 at-bats.  The Phils stand 17-11, good enough for first place in the National League East.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.