Baker negatively impacting another youngster?

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bailey heaving.JPGVeteran manager Dusty Baker often gets blamed, fairly or unfairly, for hurting the careers of pitchers like Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano and Mark Prior with years of strenuous pitch counts and uneven days of rest. 

Whether Baker is guilty or not, his handling of Homer Bailey this evening can only be described as questionable.  The 23-year-old Bailey was solid in his 2010 debut last week, racking up five strikeouts over five innings against the Cubs, but was forced to throw 115 pitches tonight in a loss to the Marlins — only his second start of the year.  That’s quite a load for a young pitcher that has been groomed to throw only 90-100 pitches per outing and an indictment on Baker as a manager.

Bailey had a 2.41 ERA in 37 1/3 innings last season in the month of September and was dominant in his only October start.  The Reds have high hopes for him this year and for many years to come.  But should they, considering the reputation of the man that is leading the squad?

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.