There was supposed to be a hearing in the Barry Bonds case on Friday during which the defense would make post-trial motions and the prosecutors would announce whether they were going to re-try Bonds. The sides have agreed to postpone the hearing until June 17th, however, citing the need for more preparation, thought, contemplation and various and sundry lawyerly things.
It’s possible that they are, as they say in the San Francisco Chronicle’s story, trying to get their ducks in neater rows. Just wild speculation on my part, but it’s also possible that the two sides are talking about some sort of deal to present to the judge to wrap it all up. Though really, I’m not sure what incentive either side would have in that regard given that (a) the government got a single-count conviction and that they’re not likely to give up that single count in any sort of a deal; and (b) Bonds wouldn’t really gain anything by agreeing to any sort of a deal that includes the extant conviction.
So yeah, probably just your garden variety delay in litigation.
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.