Most of the time the first baseman covers first base. Sometimes the pitcher covers first base. Sometimes a second baseman wheels over and covers first base. Baseball is complicated like that.
Too much coverage can be a bad thing, however. Just ask the Colorado Rockies who, on a play against the Dodgers last night, had two guys covering first base at the same time on a bunt. Unfortunately Nolan Arenado, who fielded the ball, threw to the one whose foot was not on the bag. Which, I suppose, causes one to ask whether first base was truly being covered by two people. That’s sort of metaphysical at some point, though. It gets complicated.
Point is, the runner was safe. Listen to Vin on the call:
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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.