C.J. Wilson says the Angels hired a private investigator to follow him after signing him in December 2011

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The Angels have taken a fair amount of criticism after GM Jerry DiPoto made a public statement critical of outfielder Josh Hamilton for his drug relapse and owner Arte Moreno threatened contractual action. DiPoto’s statement in particular didn’t sit well with Hamilton’s teammates, specifically pitcher C.J. Wilson, who is also the Angels’ union representative. Wilson was the only player willing to go on the record with criticism, saying DiPoto’s criticsm was “kind of disheartening”.

Wilson spoke more about the situation before Saturday night’s game against the Royals. Per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Wilson said, “It doesn’t seem like any bridges are being built — it seems like a fairly contentious situation.”

Discussing how teams have used language in contracts to govern players’ off-the-field activities, Wilson said that the Angels hired a private investigator to follow him after signing him to a five-year, $77.5 million contract in December 2011. Wilson said the Angels didn’t like that he rode motorcycles, and noted that his contract includes restrictions on “a bevy of things” including motorcycle riding, auto racing, spelunking, and cave exploration.

When told of Wilson’s assertion about the private investigator, DiPoto responded by saying, “That is 100% not true.”

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.