Being on the disabled list is like being the walking dead

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This is must-click material from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post. It’s about what it’s like to be on the disabled list. And what it’s like to be around guys on the disabled list.

It’s not about injuries. Those get fixed over time. It’s about the mental predicament of being on the DL. When the team is at home you can be around them, but you can’t help them. And it’s even awkward just to be around them because you’re worried that you’ll jinx them or something. And the healthy players don’t like to see you to be honest. It’s nothing personal. It’s just the weird politics and superstition of injury.

It’s a great read with some revealing and, frankly, sad comments from some current Washington Nationals players biding their time on the DL. Baseball’s limbo. Check it out.

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.