The Yankees are "furious" with A-Rod, obviously

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Alex Rodriguez mound incident.jpgA source tells Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that some Yankees officials were “furious” with Alex Rodriguez for failing to tell manager Joe Girardi that his groin tightened up after batting practice on Thursday.

Rodriguez ended up being pulled from the game in the second inning, leaving the light-hitting Ramiro Pena in the cleanup spot for the remainder of the game. According to Feinsand, Rodriguez apparently gave Pena the “heads-up” to be ready just in case, though it doesn’t appear he gave the same warning to his manager.

“Would I have done anything different? I don’t know,” Girardi said. “I
would have had to have a talk with him and see what he told me. Maybe I
would have changed the lineup, but Alex thought he could go.”

Not sure about you, but I think New York reporters should be applauded for finding new and exciting ways to stick with this “Yankees are furious with A-Rod” theme. It’s so much juicier than hearing “The Yankees are content with A-Rod” or  “The Yankees take A-Rod out for ice cream.”

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.