Orioles remember Ubaldo Jimenez exists, plan to start him for the first time in a month

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Ubaldo Jimenez got hurt right around the time he was pitching himself out of Baltimore’s rotation, so the Orioles took their sweet time activating him from the disabled list and then demoted him to the bullpen.

But now the Orioles need a spot starter for Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jays and they’ve decided on Jimenez, with manager Buck Showalter explaining to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun that the choice was made because “we feel like it disrupts our bullpen the least.”

In other words, they’re hoping Jimenez can give them 5-6 innings rather than turning the start into a “bullpen game” that requires the use of a bunch of pitchers. And, because Jimenez has pitched just twice in the past month and zero times in September it won’t disrupt the bullpen hierarchy even a little bit.

Of course, not pitching at all for two weeks and not starting a game for a month means it’ll be tough to count on Jimenez not being a mess versus Toronto. He has a 4.96 ERA with 70 walks in 114 innings overall this season, immediately making the Orioles regret their four-year, $50 million investment.

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.