Harper to the paternity list; Maikel Franco goes up. The Philadelphia Phillies have placed left-handed right fielder Bryce Harper on the paternity list, while they have climbed from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to the right Dominican third baseman Maikel Franco.
Harper, who is the father for the first time, has nine homers in 19 games this August, including one on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox champions at Fenway Park.
Young Quequeyano Franco, who has averaged .231 with 15 home runs with the Philadelphia big team in 2019, has hit .211 with Lehigh Valley.
Bryce Harper said in March that it was important that he felt at home in Philadelphia because he planned to grow his family there. Harper's family is growing.
The Phillies announced this Friday afternoon that Harper was included in the paternity list, although they did not announce whether Harper's wife, Kayla, gave birth to their son. A player can spend three days on paternity leave, which means the Phillies may have to play their three-game series this weekend against the Marlins without Harper.
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
The team withdrew third baseman Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he hit .211 in five games, to take Harper's place on the active roster list.
Phillies place Bryce Harper on paternity leave. Maikel Franco up from AAA— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) August 23, 2019
After Harper signed a 13-year, $ 330 million contract with the Phillies in February, Harper said:
It is a familiar decision for me. It is where I felt comfortable during the process. I talked with my wife, my mom and my dad. It all came down to a family decision and where I felt comfortable and where I could build a family. "
It felt like a home and a place where I could be for a long time, and that was important to me. I will grow my family in this city, and that is the most important thing for me. I wanted to be somewhere for a long period of time, and I wanted to finish my career somewhere. "