Jake Arrieta beats Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke for 2015 National League Cy Young Award

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Congratulations are in order for Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta, who was named the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Arrieta topped Dodgers co-aces Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, earning 17 first-place votes to Greinke’s 10 and Kershaw’s three.

Arrieta had a sparkling 1.77 ERA, 0.865 WHIP, and 236/48 K/BB ratio in 229 innings this season for Chicago, leading the club to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He threw a no-hitter, three shutouts, and led all major league pitchers with four complete games.

The 29-year-old Arrieta was especially dominant in the second half of the regular season, managing a 0.75 ERA in 107 1/3 innings between July 19 and October 2.

This is the third major BBWAA award for the Cubs this offseason, with third baseman Kris Bryant capturing National League Rookie of the Year honors on Monday and manager Joe Maddon being named the National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday.

Dallas Keuchel won the 2015 Cy Young Award in the American League.

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.