Mike Pelfrey still feels tightness in shoulder, but intends to make next start

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Mike Pelfrey headshot.jpgThere was no shortage of good news in Friday’s 6-4 win over the Giants: Mike Pelfrey allowed three runs over 7 1/3 innings, the longest outing by a Mets starter this season. Jose Reyes — still in the No. 3 spot — had two hits and a stolen base while the struggling Jason Bay ripped an RBI double. Ike Davis slugged two home runs and made a fantastic catch over the railing to thwart a ninth-inning rally and finally, Rod Barajas hit two home runs of his own, the second of which was a two-run walkoff shot.

All great stuff, especially with Bengie Molina watching from the opposing dugout, but here’s one nugget of sobering news. According to MetsBlog, Pelfrey said he still felt some tightness in his throwing shoulder.

Of course, the big right-hander underwent an MRI earlier in the week because of “general shoulder tightness” and even skipped his regular bullpen session on Tuesday as a precaution before declaring himself good to go on Wednesday. Still, Pelfrey told the New York Daily News that he has every intention of making his next start against the Nationals.

“Just so you guys don’t come around asking all week, I’m going to make
my next start,” Pelfrey said, smiling. “You don’t have to worry about
that.”

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.