Dodgers designate Mat Latos for assignment

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UPDATE: The move is now official. The Dodgers have activated right-hander Carlos Frias from the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding roster move.

8:43 p.m. ET: Mat Latos was already bumped to the Dodgers’ bullpen earlier this month and now Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that he has been designated for assignment.

Latos was acquired from the Marlins in a three-team deal before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The 27-year-old tossed six innings of one-run ball in his first start with the Dodgers on August 2, but he failed to complete five innings in any of his next four starts. He was moved to the bullpen from there and has made just one appearance since September 3. Latos ended up posting a 6.66 ERA and 18/6 K/BB ratio over 24 1/3 innings during his brief time with the club.

The Dodgers won’t need a fifth starter during the postseason, so they apparently decided to turn the page and open up a spot on the 40-man roster. Latos is due to become a free agent this offseason.

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.