MLB is looking into some strange gambling tweets involving Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart

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This could be nothing. Or it could be something. It’s so weird that it’s hard to get a handle on it. But it’s something that, according to the Miami New Times, MLB is “looking into,” so it’s at least on the radar of interesting.

Short version: Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart was in some weird Twitter exchange last night, the upshot of which suggested that he’s a gambler. Like, a big gambler:

The person who tweeted that is, apparently, involved in online gambling and the exchange was much discussed in those circles last night. After a lot of people started tweeting at Cosart he deleted his tweets and then deleted his account. This morning he’s claiming he was hacked, which, OK Jarred.

To be sure, it’s totally unclear what, if anything, Cosart “bets LARGE” on. This time of year it’s a decent bet that it’s college basketball or something. It’s also unclear whether, if there is actually gambling here rather than just big dumb talking, it’s illegal gambling or is otherwise violative of MLB rules. But hey, that’s why MLB is looking into it, right? And it’s entirely possible that MLB is more concerned with Cosart being a social media doofus than anything having to do with gambling.

In related news, why ballplayers don’t realize by now that tweeting things is equivalent to standing in front of an open mic and a camera crew is beyond me. As is why they think deleting tweets or their account solves anything. The internet never forgets.

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.