Mets and White Sox interested in Cuban pitcher

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But it’s not the one you think. Nope, the Mets and White Sox are among the teams interested in Cuban right-hander Yuniesky Maya, according to Globedia.



In a separate story, Jorge Arangure of ESPN.com informs us that Maya threw for scouts in the Dominican Republic last week,
sitting mostly in the 88-92 MPH range. Maya, 28, was a member of the
Cuban national team from 2005-2009. Known for his superb control, he
posted a 1.23 ERA in 7 2/3 innings during this year’s World Baseball
Classic.




Maya would make for an interesting
addition to the Mets’ pitching staff, but general manager Omar Minaya would be utilizing yet
another spot on the 40-man roster for an unproven talent — the team
has already inked Ryota Igarashi and Clint Everts to major league deals this winter and added Kelvim Escobar on a major league deal this week despite him tossing a mere five innings at the major league level over the past two seasons.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

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

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .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. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.