Party like it’s 2011: Watch Jeff Francoeur throw out Alex Rodriguez at home plate

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2011 was Jeff Francoeur’s most recent productive season and the season after Alex Rodriguez’s last 30-homer campaign. Francoeur’s star has fallen steeply since then, compiling a .615 OPS in 887 plate appearances while struggling to stay in the majors. A-Rod, of course, battled injuries and missed all of 2014 due to a drug-related suspension.

It may be 2015 now, but both are still sort of relevant as Francoeur has a decent shot at making the Phillies’ 25-man roster and Rodriguez will attempt to be a productive member of the Yankees’ everyday lineup.

Both were involved in an interesting play on Friday afternoon as the Yankees were in Clearwater to take on the Phillies in a Grapefruit League match-up. With runners on second and third and one out in the second inning of a scoreless game, Chris Young hit a deep fly ball to Francoeur in right field. Rodriguez, on third, tagged up but was easily tagged out following a strong throw from Francoeur to catcher Cameron Rupp. Watch:

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Rodriguez, by the way, will make his spring debut at first base on Sunday against the Astros, per ESPN’s Baseball Tonight on Twitter.

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.