Devon Travis making progress in recovery from shoulder surgery

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Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis‘ strong rookie season was cut short by shoulder problems that eventually led to surgery in November. He was given a 4-5 month recovery timetable and Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Travis recently “received a positive review” from the doctor who performed the surgery.

Travis still has a long way to go in his recovery, ruling out Opening Day and making it unlikely he’ll play at all in April, but so far so good.

Ryan Goins is expected to be the Blue Jays’ primary second baseman to begin the season and Darwin Barney is around in a backup role, but once Travis is healthy he’s the favorite to reclaim the job after hitting .304 with eight homers and an .859 OPS in 62 games as a 24-year-old rookie.

Toronto has no shortage of big bats in the lineup, which made losing Travis for the entire second half a relative afterthought, but being able to add his right-handed bat in May or June could provide a nice boost.

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.