Domestic abuse charge against Jose Reyes dropped in Hawaii

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The Associated Press is reporting that a domestic abuse charge against Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes has been dismissed by a Hawaii judge. The judge gave prosecutors about two years to refile charges is Reyes’ wife cooperates.

That the charge would be dropped is not surprising, as that was expected to be the case a couple weeks ago, as Craig pointed out. Reyes’ wife refused to speak to prosecutors.

Reyes was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife in Hawaii during the offseason. His wife told police she suffered injuries to her thigh, neck, and wrist.

Last year, Major League Baseball announced a new policy regarding domestic violence, giving commissioner Rob Manfred the authority to issue discipline “he believes is appropriate in light of the severity of the conduct.” That means, in other words, he can punish players even if official charges aren’t filed. Manfred suspended Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman for 30 games and declined to discipline Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig for their respective alleged domestic violence incidents. Reyes was placed on paid administrative leave until the resolution of his case.

Even if Reyes rejoins the Rockies, he may be relegated to a bench role as rookie shortstop Trevor Story has broken out in his first six games. The 23-year-old is hitting .333 and leads the majors with seven home runs and 12 RBI.

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.