Brandon Morrow gets eight days off after 137-pitch outing

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Doing their best to take care of a young starter who was just extended far beyond his usual limits, the Blue Jays have pushed Brandon Morrow’s next outing back to Aug. 17, meaning he’ll work on eight days’ rest.
Morrow threw a career-high 137 pitches in his brilliant one-hitter Sunday against the Rays.
To help out, the Blue Jays will recall Marc Rzepczynski to start Friday in Morrow’s spot. Brad Mills will be sent down after he pitches Thursday, though he figures to rejoin the rotation later this month.
Going into Sunday, Morrow’s career high for pitches was 116, which came against the Yankees back on July 4.
The Blue Jays will probably be careful with Morrow in September, too. The 26-year-old former reliever is currently up to 127 1/3 innings. He threw 124 2/3 innings between Triple-A and the majors last year, and the Blue Jays probably won’t want him go much higher than 160 this year. That could lead to him being shut down for the final two or three weeks.

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.