O's top Rays, Buck Showalter wins 900th career game

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It doesn’t mean much of anything and its not going to shake up the AL East standings at this point in the season, but the Orioles continue to win ballgames under new manager Buck Showalter.

The O’s topped the Rays 8-4 on Saturday night in Baltimore thanks to an inspired pitching performance by right-hander Jeremy Guthrie and a big night at the plate by catcher Matt Wieters. 

According to MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli, it was Showalter’s 900th managerial win, and he was as humble as ever when notified of the accomplishment:

“I’ve had a lot of losses, too,” Showalter said. “I
remember just about every one of those. Just reminds you how lucky you
are to do this, to have a chance to do it.  It means I’ve had some good players and someone’s given me an opportunity to do this a long time. That’s about the extent of it.”

The Orioles are now 18-13 under Showalter’s watch.  He won 313 games with the Yankees, 250 games with the Diamondbacks and 648 games with the Rangers for a career record of 900-846.  Buck sits between Don Zimmer (885) and Jimy Williams (910) for 64th on the all-time managerial wins list.

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.