Josh Hamilton arrested on felony charge of injury to a child

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Update (6:19 PM ET): TMZ has provided more details of Hamilton’s alleged abuse. It’s a tough read.

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Former Rangers and Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was arrested on Wednesday on a third-degree felony charge of injury to a child, Tom Steele of the Dallas Morning News reports. Hamilton’s ex-wife sought a protective order on behalf of one of the three children they had together.

According to CBS DFW, one of the conditions of Hamilton’s bond is to not have contact with his daughter as well as any child under the age of 17.

Hamilton, 38, battled addiction early in his baseball career and relapsed several times during his career. He retired after the 2015 season. The Rangers named him to the club’s Hall of Fame in August.

Across parts of nine seasons, Hamilton was a five-time All-Star, a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and the winner of the 2010 AL MVP Award. He hit 200 home runs, knocked in 701 runs, and batted .290/.349/.516.

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.