Cue the complaints from fake tough guys:
“Harper is missing games because his wife had a baby? What a pussy! He’s not a team player!”
You know that some cornball is thinking that right now.
But congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Harper, who were expecting a baby boy. Bryce will be replaced temporarily by Maikel Franco, who was called up from Triple-A:
Bryce Harper is on paternity leave. Maikel Franco is here in Miami to replace him on the roster. Appears Phillies could go with a Dickerson-Kingery-Haseley outfield against Marlins.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) August 23, 2019
Harper has been raking in August, posting a 1.029 OPS with 20 RBI, nine home runs, and 19 hits. The Phils have won 6 of 8 games and now face the dreaded Marlins, who suck against everybody but our guys, so go figure. Vince Velasquez is on the mound tonight opposite Hector Noesi.