The Silver Slugger Awards are announced

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This year’s Silver Slugger Award winners are being unveiled tonight during a one-hour special on MLB Network.

The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in the American League and National League and is voted on by coaches and managers. We’ll run the winners down here as they are announced.

American League

Third base: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels; Josh Hamilton, Rangers; Josh Willingham, Twins

Catcher: A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox

First base: Prince Fielder, Tigers

Shortstop: Derek Jeter, Yankees

Second base: Robinson Cano, Yankees

Designated hitter: Billy Butler, Royals

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National League

Third base: Chase Headley, Padres

Outfield: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Jay Bruce, Reds; Ryan Braun, Brewers

Catcher: Buster Posey, Giants

First base: Adam LaRoche, Nationals

Shortstop: Ian Desmond, Nationals

Second base: Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks

Pitcher: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals

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.