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Phillies’ Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery Joely Rodríguez, Red Sox agree to 1-year, $2M contract

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies Slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neil ElAttrah in Los Angeles.

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Harper is expected to return to the Philadelphia roster as a forward for the All-Star break. According to the team, he can return to the field by the end of the season.

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In April, 30-year-old Harper suffered a minor ulnar lateral ligament tear in his elbow joint. He last played right field in Miami on April 16. In May, he received an injection of platelet-rich plasma and switched to the role of a striker.

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On November 14, Harper met with ElAttrache, who decided that the tear would not heal on its own, requiring surgery.

Even with an elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost to Houston in six games. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper broke his thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was out of action for two months. The two-time NL MVP is still hitting .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. Seven-time All-Star Harper has 285 career home runs.

Without Harper, the Phillies could have used Nick Castellanos as well as Kyle Schwarber at the designated hitter. JT Realmuto can also serve as a DH when he needs to take a break from his fishing duties.

BOSTON — Joely Rodriguez has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Boston Red Sox that includes a team option through 2024.

Rodriguez will receive a $1.5 million salary next year and a $4.25 million Red Sox option with a $500,000 buyout.

He can earn $250,000 in performance bonuses each year for submitted games: $50,000 for each of the 30 and every additional 10 to 70. In 2023, he could also earn $800,000 in lineup bonuses: $200,000 each for 30, 60, 90 and 120 active days.

Rodriguez’s contract allows him to become a free agent when his contract expires.

The 31-year-old southpaw was 2-4 with a 4.47 ERA last season for the New York Mets, striking out 57 and walking 26 in 50 1/3 innings while hitting three home runs.

Rodriguez is 5-9 with a 4.56 ERA in 157 games for Philadelphia (2016-17), Texas (2020-21), New York Yankees (2021) and Mets (2022). He spent 2018 and 2019 with the Chunichi Dragons of the Japan Central League.


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