The Dodgers' overzealous media relations department strikes again

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You’ll recall that last month I passed on a rumor I heard that Frank McCourt planned to sell the Dodgers once the divorce stuff is all settled.  Upon posting it, the Dodgers Thought Police called me, demanding a retraction and calling me irresponsible.

Which was fine. I figured I had simply hit a nerve — the divorce is obviously a sensitive subject — but apparently the Dodgers’ media people just have thin-skin.  As evidence I give you two tweets from the L.A. Times’ Dylan Hernandez. First:

The Dodgers have kicked reporters out of their main building and are forcing them to write in the stadium pressbox . . .

Then:

Dodgers PR questioned my use of the term “kicked out” in a previous tweet. I want to clarify: We were “relocated”

Orwell once called unclear prose a “contagion” designed to “make lies sound truthful, murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Perhaps the Dodgers’ policing of the way in which people characterize their actions in random tweets doesn’t raise such Orwellian concerns, but they nonetheless need to lighten the hell up.

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.