Brandon Belt feels “sharp as a tack” after passing concussion tests

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Giants first baseman Brandon Belt could rejoin the team soon if manager Bruce Bochy has his way. Per CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly, Bochy says he doesn’t see any harm in activating Belt now, though he won’t be ready to face major league pitching for a little while longer.

Belt suffered a concussion a few days after the All-Star break and the effects lingered even after returning on August 2. He returned to the disabled list on August 7. The 26-year-old has hit 11 home runs, knocked in 24 runs, and compiled a .237/.296/.446 slash line in 51 games this season, most of them coming in the first half.

Baggarly’s article includes some funny quotes from Belt as well, which I’d be remiss not to highlight.

Belt said he aced a visual acuity test in which he had to shake his head up and down while identifying letters on an eye chart.

“Still sharp as a tack,” Belt said. “They basically said I’m a genius. I’m good to go. I missed one the entire test. If they tried to give me that last time, I would’ve gotten sick.

“I don’t know why, but I get really competitive when I do eye charts.”

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.