At age 70, is Joe Torre done managing after stepping away from the Dodgers?

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Joe Torre announced that he’ll step down as Dodgers manager after the season, with Don Mattingly replacing him, but will the 70-year-old future Hall of Famer look to manage elsewhere?
Based on the early speculation, few people seem to think that’s likely.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that Torre is “unlikely to manage in 2011,” noting that he’s “not really interested” and has a daughter starting high school. Of course, Rosenthal adds: “But if some team calls, who knows?”
The Mets could be the “some team” that calls, but Jon Heyman of SI.com speculates that Torre is “unlikely to get Mets managing job.” Andy Martino of the New York Daily News agrees, calling it “not at all” a fit because of age, the Mets’ shaky status as sure-fire contenders, and Torre’s likely asking price.
Torre is slated to reveal more about his future plans at a press conference tonight.

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.