You have a few minutes to find a TV set which picks up the Twins-Jays game at 1pm Eastern if you want to see David Price make his debut for the Toronto Blue Jays.
It’s a day game because it’s a holiday in Canada. Which specific holiday it is depends on your province — this is pretty complicated, actually — but if you’re not in Canada it’s only important because it means afternoon baseball on a Monday, and that’s always a nice treat.
Price will face off against the Ervin Santana and a Twins team he has handled pretty well so far this season. On the year he’s 3-0 in three starts and has only given up three earned runs in 23 innings while striking out 20 and only walking five. Not a bad matchup for his first day on the job at the new office.
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.