Teixeira fans five times in loss to Blue Jays

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teixeira upset.jpgYankees first baseman Mark Teixeira finished 0-for-6 with five strikeouts in Saturday’s extra-innings loss to the Blue Jays.  It was his second career five-strikeout game and he’s now batting a lousy .215 with an even lousier .370 slugging percentage through 219 at-bats. 

But, in case anyone was wondering, Yanks manager Joe Girardi is not considering making any changes to the lineup or cutting into Tex’s playing time.  In fact, he backed his first baseman several different times in a postgame chat this afternoon with Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

“It’s going to click. It is going to click. When it does, it’s going to be fun.”

“He’s our No. 3 hitter. I’m not changing anything…. He’ll get
hot again.”

“We all believe in Mark…. He’s going to come out of it.”

Check out Bryan’s piece.  There are four more of those.  The Yankees, for what it’s worth, have lost 14 of their last 28 games and trail the Rays by two games in the AL East.  Of course, we all know that the boys in pinstripes — Teixeira included — are plenty capable of getting red hot as the summer heats 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.