Bryce Harper Charges to the Front in Early NL All-Star Voting

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This is not the first press release from MLB about Bryce Harper I expected today, but we’ll go with this until they decide to suspend him later.

The first National League All-Star balloting update was announced this morning and the Nationals’ outfielder leads all vote-getters with 900,079 total votes. Assuming this pace keeps up, and it likely will, he’ll get a starting nod for the third straight year and his fourth overall fan-elected start.

Behind Harper in the vote totals are Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies and Jason Heyward of the Cubs. Then comes the Cubs’ Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber, followed by Matt Kemp.

Here are the early results:


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.