Brock Holt sent to Pittsburgh to see concussion specialist

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Brock Holt will miss his sixth straight start tonight and Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive.com reports that he was sent to Pittsburgh to see a concussion specialist.

Holt left a game last Friday due to dizziness, but Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters this afternoon that they now believe that his symptoms could date back to a collision with teammate Dustin Pedroia from back on August 25. You can watch the play here.

“The only thing we cant race back is when he and Dustin collided in Toronto,” manager John Farrell said. “He didn’t complain of anything in the moment, the tests that are conducted on everyone after some impact was negative. he played regularly from that point.

“When he came out of the game in Boston (on Sept. 5), at the time we thought it was consistent with the illness, but the illness that he and his wife were dealing with, once that subsided some of the symptoms remained and we’re going to take every precaution necessary.”

With Brock’s status in question and Pedroia done for the year after wrist surgery, the Red Sox plan to use Mookie Betts as their regular second baseman the rest of the way. He’s still viewed as an outfielder for the long-term, but the Red Sox want to clear up a potential logjam in the outfield with Rusney Castillo expected to make his way to the majors soon.

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.