The wait is over: The Cubs are calling up top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday

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The wait is over. Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs are calling up top prospect third baseman Kris Bryant. He’ll make his major league debut tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley Field against the Padres.

Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com confirms the report and adds that Mike Olt will be placed on the disabled list with a right wrist fracture in a corresponding roster move.

Bryant was sent down to Triple-A Iowa despite tearing the cover off the ball during spring training. Of course, service time was the only reason for that. If the Cubs kept him in the minors for 12 days, they would ensure that they would get an extra year of team control, through 2021. Despite the obvious issues with the current system and some bickering between Bryant’s agent, Scott Boras, and Cubs president Theo Epstein, it was a no-brainer. The 12th and final day was today, so the Cubs are now in the clear. And they aren’t waiting another minute to get him into their lineup.

Bryant, 23, led the minors with 43 home runs last season while posting a 1.098 OPS and was batting .321 (9-for-28) with three home runs and 10 RBI over his first seven games in Triple-A this season. He’s going to face a ton of pressure in Chicago from a fanbase that is thirsty for a winner, but this is going to be fun to watch.

Bryant homered in his final at-bat with Triple-A Iowa on Thursday night. I guess this was enough to convince the Cubs that he’s ready:

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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.