Orioles honor David Ortiz by giving him the dugout phone he smashed

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Remember July 27, 2013? Red Sox DH David Ortiz was ejected after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Tim Timmons. Ortiz angrily smashed his bat against the dugout phone in the visitors’ dugout, then came back onto the field to shout at Timmons while being held back by manager John Farrell and two of his coaches. Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino tried to get Big Papi to calm down, but to no avail.

With Ortiz’s retirement tour nearly complete, the Orioles decided to honor the veteran slugger with… that smashed bullpen phone. Behold:

The Orioles also honored Ortiz on the field prior to Thursday’s game. As the Orioles’ Twitter noted, the organization considered showing a video having fun at Ortiz’s expense, highlighting his 29 at-bats against lefty Brian Matusz in which Ortiz has only four hits. They instead showed a highlight reel of Ortiz hitting home runs against the Yankees.

Most importantly, though:

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.