David Ross checked a few items off his Philly bucket list

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Cubs catcher David Ross, likely in Philadelphia for the final time during his playing career, decided to check a few things off of his Philly-centric bucket list this week, as ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick details.

Ross hadn’t eaten a cheesesteak at Genos, but teammate Matt Szczur took care of that on Monday.

Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward also accompanied Ross to 9th Street.

Ross raced Rizzo up the steps at the Philadelphia Musuem of Art, as immortalized in “Rocky”.

Finally, Ross got a picture taken with the Phillie Phanatic — widely considered to be the best mascot in sports — before Tuesday’s game.

As someone from the area, it’s always nice when anyone takes a genuine interest in the city. There are a lot of really cool things to enjoy about Philly. As an athlete who travels from city to city, it’s understandable that Ross was only able to scratch the surface, but hopefully he had a great time scratching those items off of his bucket list.

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.