Rangers sign Juan Carlos Oviedo

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In addition to re-signing infielder Adam Rosales today, the Rangers announced that they signed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

You might remember Oviedo from when he was known as Leo Nunez and saved 92 games from 2009-2011 with the Marlins. After missing the entire 2013 season following Tommy John surgery, he posted a 3.69 ERA and 26/16 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings with the Rays last season before being released in August. He sat out the rest of the year.

Oviedo turns 33 in March and could secure a bullpen spot with Texas if he regains some of his pre-Tommy John surgery velocity.

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.