Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was nearly unhittable as usual tonight against the Padres, blanking them over seven innings of work. The lefty allowed just three hits and walked two while striking out ten, improving to 15-9 and lowering his ERA to 1.88. Not that Kershaw needed to do anything else to ensure that the NL Cy Young award is his.
The outing is Kershaw’s fourth double-digit strikeout game of the season. It was also the ninth time in 32 starts that he threw at least seven shutout innings. The last came on August 22 against the Marlins.
Also of note in tonight’s game: Yasiel Puig hit a tape-measure shot to center, over the batter’s eye at Petco Park. As MLB has been unhelpful with embedding videos lately, you can click here to watch the tater.
The Dodgers wrapped up the NL West title yesterday, but are still competing for home-field advantage in the National League. Tonight’s win, their 89th, leaves them two games behind the Braves and Cardinals with seven games left in the season.
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.