Brian Wilson to begin pitching in minors for Dodgers on Wednesday

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After agreeing to a reported one-year, $1 million contract with the Dodgers last week, former Giants closer Brian Wilson is ready to get tuned up for a return to the majors.

According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Wilson will pitch with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday. It’s technically the start of a minor league rehab assignment for the bearded reliever, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last April.

If all goes well, Wilson will spend around two weeks in the minors before joining the Dodgers’ bullpen. He’ll likely be used in a set-up role in front of closer Kenley Jansen once he’s ready to go. In case you were curious, the Dodgers are slated to make one final trip to San Francisco this year, from September 24-26.

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.