What’s on Tap: Previewing Tuesday’s action

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The Nationals have called up pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez to toe the rubber Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers in a 7:05 PM start at National Park. He’ll be opposing Scott Kazmir.

Lopez, 22, is considered the Nationals’ fifth-best prospect. He spent most of the year with Double-A Harrisburg, where he pitched to a 3.18 ERA and a 100/25 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings. The Nats promoted him to Triple-A Syracuse in late June. In two starts there, Lopez has yielded four runs on nine hits and six walks with nine strikeouts.

If Lopez sounds familiar, you might’ve seen him in the recently-completed Future’s Game. He got the final out of the sixth inning, getting David Dahl to ground out. Then, he easily got the first two outs of the seventh with an Alex Bregman pop out and a Christin Stewart fly out before giving way to Jharel Cotton, who completed the frame.

The Nationals called up their number one prospect, Lucas Giolito, earlier this year. Infielder Trea Turner, their number two prospect, also debuted in June.

The rest of Tuesday’s action…

Baltimore Orioles (Vance Worley) @ New York Yankees (Nathan Eovaldi), 7:05 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Jose Urena) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Vince Velasquez), 7:05 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Junior Guerra) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Jameson Taillon), 7:05 PM EDT

New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard) @ Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta), 7:05 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves (Tyrell Jenkins) @ Cincinnati Reds (Cody Reed), 7:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Tommy Milone) @ Detroit Tigers (Anibal Sanchez), 7:10 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Jake Peavy) @ Boston Red Sox (Rick Porcello), 7:10 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Danny Salazar) @ Kansas City Royals (Brian Flynn), 8:15 PM EDT

San Diego Padres (Colin Rea) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Martinez), 8:15 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays (Blake Snell)@  Colorado Rockies (Tyler Chatwood), 8:40 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Zack Godley), 9:40 PM EDT

Houston Astros (Dallas Keuchel) @ Oakland Athletics (Dillon Overton), 10:05 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Kyle Lohse) @ Los Angeles Angels (Tim Lincecum), 10:05 PM EDT

Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Seattle Mariners (Wade Miley), 10:10 PM EDT

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.