Bryce Harper double-fists hair dryers

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My brother is two years older than me. We always got along pretty well growing up. He never tormented me and we never had fierce competition like you hear about with some siblings. It was all pretty chill. He did, however, spend a lot of effort trying to get under my skin in subtle ways, poking fun, playing pranks and trying to get me to lose my composure. I was the more serious kid and if he could get me to be less serious or lose my cool, he won.

Not too unusual I don’t suspect. My kids are only 19 months apart and they’re pretty close, but they do the same things. I’m sure many of you grew up with a brother and sister that way too.

So too, apparently, did Bryce Harper with his older brother Bryan. Indeed, even in their 20s, they’re still growing up that way:

“Dude!” is the most popular, involuntary response to any sibling teasing, by the way. Which is why I tend to believe this is real and not staged.

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.