Phillies place star player Bryce Harper on injured reserve

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Philadelphia Phillies placed star player Bryce Harper on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday.

Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the timeline hasn’t changed for Harper’s return to play after he underwent reconstructive surgery on his elbow.

Following Tommy John-style surgery in November, the World Series finalists said they expect the two-time Nationals Most Valuable Player winner to return to the roster in as the designated hitter before the All-Star Game break in July.

Harper was with the team in Texas for the season opener, which comes the same day as first baseman Rhys Hopkins had surgery on his left knee. The latter tore his anterior cruciate ligament during spring camp and he will miss the whole season.

Phillies manager Rob Thomspon said the operation went very well. Hopkins attended the team dinner with his teammates when they arrived in Texas on Tuesday night.

Hopkins was placed on the 60-man disabled list, leaving a roster spot for center fielder Cristian Pache, who the Phillies acquired from the Oakland Athletics.


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