Brewers, Dodgers announce lineups for NLCS Game 4

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the NLCS between the Brewers and Dodgers, slated for a 9:09 PM ET start at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.

Brewers

CF Lorenzo Cain
RF Christian Yelich
LF Ryan Braun
1B Jesús Aguilar
3B Mike Moustakas
2B Jonathan Schoop
C Manny Piña
SS Orlando Arcia
P Gio González

Piña is back behind the dish after Erik Kratz started Games 2 and 3. Schoop, facing a lefty, will get his first start of the postseason after being inserted in the middle of the first two contests of the NLDS against the Rockies. All eyes will understandably be on MVP candidate Yelich, but Arcia has quietly been an offensive threat. He has hit safely in five of six playoff games thus far and has homered in three of them, including the last two games against the Dodgers.

Dodgers

LF Chris Taylor
3B Justin Turner
1B David Freese
SS Manny Machado
2B Brian Dozier
CF Enrique Hernández
RF Yasiel Puig
C Austin Barnes
P Rich Hill

The Dodgers put together their righty-heavy lineup against the lefty starter. Taylor, Freese, Dozier, Puig, and Barnes all move into the lineup. Barnes’ inclusion, however, has a lot to do with the poor performance of Yasmani Grandal in Game 3. Grandal allowed his third passed ball of the NLCS on Monday as well as a wild pitch. Additionally, Grandal hasn’t been bringing much with the bat. Manager Dave Roberts is hoping Barnes will help shake things up.

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.