Kevin Kiermaier will return to the Rays after the All-Star break

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Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is set to return from the disabled list after the All-Star break,’s Bill Chastain reports. The Rays open up the second half at home against the Orioles, then head out on the road for nine games.

Kiermaier broke two metacarpal bones in his left hand, attempting to rob Tigers catcher JamesMcCann of a hit on May 21. He is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Charlotte on Monday.

Kiermaier went to the disabled list batting .236/.307/.447 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 137 plate appearances. He’s considered one of the best defensive center fielders in the game, so getting him back will be a boon for the Rays’ pitching staff.

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.