Rockies owner says Troy Tulowitzki to Mets is “not happening”

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Most Mets fans are currently dreaming about the possibility of the team acquiring Ian Desmond from the Nationals, but Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been a popular topic of conversation for most of the offseason. Regardless of the Mets’ financial situation, it takes two to tango to get a deal done and Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post that Tulowitzki isn’t coming to Queens.

“It’s not happening,” Monfort responded.

Even as Tulowitzki has sent passive-aggressive signs that he wouldn’t mind leaving the team that drafted and developed him, the Rockies’ leaders, with both their actions and their words, have displayed how reluctant they are to deal their franchise player. Monfort re-enforced that notion Thursday at the Major League Baseball owners’ meetings.

“I can’t speak for him, but yeah, we want him,” Monfort said. “I think he’s strong and he’s worked hard and he’ll be back. He’ll be Tulo of old.”

A cynical Mets fan might say something like, “Well, tell me something we don’t already know.” And I get that. The Mets don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt in matters of big spending, but this situation has never simply been about them. Tulowitzki is the face of the franchise with the Rockies and it would take a monster haul for them to justify a trade to their fanbase. Charlie’s brother, Dick Monfort, is reportedly very close with Tulowitzki and simply might not be willing to sign off on a trade or deal him to a team he’s not interested in going to. Barring something unexpected, it looks like he’ll begin the season with Colorado.

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.