Nine Braves pitchers combine to no-hit the Astros in 10 innings

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The game ended in a 2-2 tie, but the Braves used nine different pitchers to twirl a ten-inning no-hitter against the Astros on Sunday afternoon. Cody Martin got the start and struck out three over two innings of work.

The Braves scored once in the first inning on an A.J. Pierzynski RBI single. The Astros plated two in the seventh without a hit as pitcher Mauricio Cabrera loaded on two walks and a hit batsman. Runs then scored on consecutive ground outs to shortstop. The Braves tied it back up at two apiece in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Todd Cunningham.

The Astros were using a split squad, but the Braves faced the better squad which included Jose Altuve, Colby Rasmus, and Chris Carter.

All nine pitchers of record:

  • Cody Martin: 2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Jim Johnson: 1 IP
  • Josh Outman: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Brandon Cunniff: 1 IP
  • Ian Thomas: 1 IP, 3 BB, 1 K
  • Mauricio Cabrera: 1 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB
  • Lucas Sims: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Justin Jackson: 1 IP, 2 K
  • Jairo Heredia: 1 IP, 1 K
  • Total: 10 IP, 2 ER, 9 BB, 9 K

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.