Tough day for Rangers: Poveda set for Tommy John

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Barring a favorable second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum, Rangers prospect Omar Poveda will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the season.
Injuries have hurt Poveda’s stock since a very impressive campaign in the Midwest League in 2007. He went 11-4 with a 2.70 ERA and a 120/32 K/BB ratio for low Single-A Clinton then. Shoulder problems limited him in 2008, when he went 4-4 with a 4.47 ERA in 17 starts for high-A Bakersfield. He spent most of last year in Double-A and went a respectable 11-6 with a 4.10 ERA. However, he struck out just 78 in 140 1/3 innings.
In a sense, this could be good news for Poveda, whose stuff simply hasn’t been the same since 2007. He didn’t resemble a potential major leaguer last year, and there was no clear explanation for his loss of velocity. Fortunately, he’ll be just 23 when he comes back in 2011, and if his best fastball returns, he still could factor into the Rangers’ plans.

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.