Nick Swisher working out, awaiting next opportunity

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TAMPA, Fla. — Nick Swisher is hard at work awaiting his next opportunity.

Swisher took batting practice and worked out at first base Saturday at the New York Yankees’ minor league complex in Florida.

The 35-year-old infielder/outfielder, who played for the Yankees from 2009-12, asked if he could work out there and the team said yes.

He says: “The fact they let me come out here and work is great. It keeps me in the game, keeps me going strong, and I appreciate that. This place is like family.”

Swisher says there is nothing to report yet on where he could wind up but he says, “I still feel like I can do this.”

Swisher was released by Atlanta late in spring training. He has been slowed the past couple years by knee injuries.

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.