Cardinals GM John Mozeliak hopes October is a “wake up” for Oscar Taveras

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Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras is once again riding the pine even though the Giants are starting the right-handed Jake Peavy in Game 2 of the NLCS. The right-handed Randal Grichuk gets another start in right field, batting eighth. Taveras has yet to start this post-season.

Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, GM John Mozeliak said he hopes that the way Taveras has been used in October is a “wake up” for the 22-year-old. Mozeliak added that Taveras will be given suggestions for conditioning during the off-season

Taveras entered the 2014 season as a consensus top-five prospect in baseball, but struggled in 248 plate appearances in the majors, batting .239/.278/.312 with three home runs and 22 RBI. The rookie has taken four trips to the plate this post-season, all as a pinch-hitter, recording one hit (a single) with a run scored.

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.