Giancarlo Stanton joined the 200 home run club

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Marlins outfielder is only 26 years old but he’s already a member of the 200 home run club. The slugger entered Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Mets with 198 homers and drilled two off of Jacob deGrom.

The first came on a fastball in the top of the fourth inning, a no-doubter to left center for a solo homer, putting the Marlins on the board at a 3-1 deficit. Statcast measured it at 454 feet. The second came in the top of the sixth on a 1-2 breaking ball, which Stanton sent on a line to left-center for another no-doubter.

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Stanton also hit two at Citi Field on Tuesday. Along with the two today, he had four homers in four at-bats as he drew a walk in the first inning. On the season, he’s hitting .231/.326/.489 with 19 home runs and 47 RBI.

According to Anthony Masterson of Stats LLC, Stanton is the 12th-youngest (26 years, 241 days) to reach 200 homers and did so in the seventh-fewest games (781).

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.