UPDATE: Starlin Castro free after being questioned about shooting in Dominican Republic


UPDATE: Dominican police rep Jacobo Mateo Moquete announced via Twitter that Castro is free after being questioned about the shooting.

3:24 p.m. ET: Castro’s agent, Paul Kinzer, told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that his client “wasn’t involved” in the shooting and went voluntarily to the police to be questioned:

“Starlin was not arrested or detained or anything,” Kinzer said. “He went to the police station to make sure they knew he was not involved. They told him they had video so they knew he was not involved.”

Kinzer did not know if the brother or Castro’s bodyguards were arrested.

2:07 p.m. ET: According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was detained for questioning by authorities in the Dominican Republic on Saturday in connection with a nightclub shooting that injured six people this morning.

The initial report from Rojas said that Castro was arrested, but it appears that he is only being questioned at the moment.

Details are scarce right now and the linked story is in Spanish, but a police spokesperson said that some people close to Castro participated in the shooting, including his brother and bodyguards. One of the people who was shot is currently listed in serious condition.

Castro was linked to another shooting in the Dominican Republic earlier this month, but he was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.

We’ll pass along more information when it is made available.

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.