Braves outfielder Hector Olivera arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman

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Jeff Goldberg of WJLA-7 in Washington reports that Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera arrested in Arlington, Virginia after allegedly assaulting a woman. The Braves are in the Washington area for their series against the Nationals.

Police sources tell Goldberg that the female victim called 911 from the Ritz Carlton hotel in Arlington at 6:51 this morning saying she had been assaulted. Police say the victim had bruises and was transported to a hospital. Olivera was at the hotel and taken into police custody.

Olivera has played in five games this year and was slated to be the Braves’ regular left fielder. Expect those plans to change.

UPDATE: A Major League Baseball spokesman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that Olivera has been placed on administrative leave and the commissioner’s office has begun an investigation.

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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.