Video: Adam Eaton makes a tremendous catch to rob Ozzie Albies of extra bases

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Nationals left fielder Adam Eaton made a Jim Edmonds-esque catch to rob Ozzie Albies of extra bases in the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Braves. Max Scherzer had already surrendered three runs to the Braves and Albies’ fly ball threatened more as Ender Inciarte was on first base. The fly ball sent Eaton racing towards the warning track in left-center field. He leaped at the last second, snagging the ball as he landed chest-first onto the warning track.

Unfortunately for the Nationals, the offense couldn’t do much as the club fell 7-1 to the Braves. Scherzer gave up five runs in five innings on the afternoon, though only two of those runs were unearned.

Eaton went 1-for-5 at the plate. In 23 plate appearances to start the season, he’s hitting .429/.478/.810. That seems good.

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.