Dodgers to activate Manny, place him on waivers?

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Here we go.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Dodgers will activate outfielder Manny Ramirez from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday evening’s game against the Reds and start him in left field.  Of course, he might not be with Los Angeles for long.

The Dodgers are expected to place him on waivers almost immediately, allowing interested teams to put in a claim.  If he makes it through to the contending clubs in the National League, a deal seems likely. 

Sure, Manny hasn’t posted the kind of high-slugging numbers that we’ve come to expect, but he’s a seasoned veteran when it comes to postseason play and he would make for a fine late-innings pinch-hitter on any playoff team.  His low numbers this season have more to do with a rash of injuries than anything.

The 38-year-old outfielder is batting .317/.409/.516 with eight homers and 39 RBI this season in 186 at-bats.  A right-handed batter, he has a .955 OPS against right-handed pitchers.

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.