Brewers left-hander Manny Parra to undergo elbow surgery

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Manny Parra has been on the disabled list all season with elbow and back problems, and now the Brewers left-hander is headed for surgery to replace a screw that has been in his elbow.

Parra initially had the screw inserted to fix a stress fracture when he was a teenager, so considering he went on to become a big leaguer–and at one point looked very promising–it actually held up pretty well.

Adam McCalvy of reports that the surgery is unrelated to Parra’s previous elbow issues, which included a strained flexor tendon and ulnar collateral ligament for which multiple doctors advised against Tommy John surgery.

Surgery to repair the decade-old screw would require an offseason full of rehab, but should leave Parra with plenty of time to be ready for spring training. Whether he’ll still be with the Brewers by that point is another issue.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.