Dodgers call up hot-hitting Alex Castellanos from Triple-A

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Dodgers prospect Alex Castellanos has been making a mockery of Triple-A, hitting .379 with a .476 on-base percentage and .759 slugging percentage in 22 games, and now he’s on his way to the majors.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are calling up Castellanos, who was acquired from the Cardinals in the Rafael Furcal trade last season and has moved back to second base this year after previously shifting to the outfield.

In addition to this season’s ridiculous Triple-A numbers he also hit .320 with 23 homers and a .958 OPS in 125 games at Double-A last season, so Castellanos has been mashing for a year-and-a-half after some pretty underwhelming production prior to that.

He’s a little old for a prospect at 25, but it’s tough to ignore someone hitting .350 with power for going on 150 games and the Dodgers figure to give him an extended look at second base.

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.