Halladay suffered mild groin pull in his Game 5 start

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Phillies manager Charlie Manuel informed the media after Thursday’s NLCS Game 5 victory that staff ace Roy Halladay suffered a mild pull in his groin during the second inning of his seven-inning effort against the Giants.  This according to Major League Baseball’s official Twitter feed.

Halladay was obviously able to pitch through the pain, but he lost some velocity on his fastball and probably won’t be available out of the bullpen even if the Phillies push the NLCS to a Game 7.

If the Phils do win the final two games of their seven-game set against San Francisco and advance to the World Series, we’d expect Halladay to start Game 1 of the Fall Classic.  Of course, that follows an assumption that the workhorse right-hander won’t wake up Friday with increased soreness.

Halladay allowed only two runs on Thursday and the Phillies are headed back to Citizens Bank Park.

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.