Jackie Bradley, Jr. extends hitting streak to 27 games

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27 games on Sunday with a fifth-inning line drive single to right field off of Indians starter Danny Salazar. Bradley had walked and struck out in his previous two trips to the plate.

Coming into Sunday’s game, Bradley was hitting .411/.486/.800 with seven doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 29 RBI, and 17 runs scored in 109 plate appearances during his hitting streak, which began on April 24. The Red Sox entered Sunday 18-8 during Bradley’s hitting streak.

At 27 games, Bradley’s streak is tied for the fifth-longest in Red Sox history. Dom DiMaggio has the longest at 34 games followed by Nomar Garciaparra at 30, Johnny Damon at 29, and Wade Boggs at 28.

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.