Edwin Jackson will get two extra days of rest before next start

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As expected, the Diamondbacks announced that Edwin Jackson’s next start will be pushed back two days after he threw 149 pitches in Friday’s no-hitter against the Rays.
Jackson has said that his arm feels fine following the massive workload, but instead of pitching tomorrow against the Cardinals he’ll start Friday versus the Dodgers in Arizona. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Barry Enright will be called up from Double-A to face the Cardinals in Jackson’s place.
Enright was the Diamondbacks’ second-round pick in 2007 and has pitched well with a 2.88 ERA and 83/15 K/BB ratio in 93.2 innings at Double-A this season, but he’s already 24 years old and projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter or long reliever who figures to have trouble keeping the ball in the ballpark.

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.