Martin Prado could rejoin the Marlins on Sunday

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Martin Prado has been sidelined since June 14 with a right shoulder sprain, but Marlins manager Dan Jennings told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald this afternoon that he could be activated for tomorrow’s first-half finale against the Reds.

Prado has gone 3-for-8 over two minor league rehab games with High-A Jupiter. While there’s a chance he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow, the Marlins could play things safe and have him come back when they begin the second half of the season next Friday against the Phillies.

Prado, 31, was batting .272/.311/.370 with four home runs and 24 RBI over 63 games prior to the injury. He could appear to be a logical trade candidate leading up to July 31, but the Marlins have been resistant to that idea so far. Prado is under contract for $11 million next season, with the Yankees picking up $3 million.

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.