On the disabled list since July 31 with a sore elbow, Rays left-hander Matt Moore threw off a mound yesterday for the first time and said afterward that he “couldn’t imagine it feeling better.”
Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports that Moore threw 50 pitches at close to full effort, basically treating it like a normal between-starts bullpen session.
According to Chastain he could come off the disabled list as soon as next weekend, but Moore will throw off a mound at least one more time before a decision is made. He was having a fantastic sophomore season before the injury, going 14-3 with a 3.41 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 121 innings at age 24.
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.