Deep Thoughts: the Diamondbacks’ plan is starting off a bit rocky

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This is not one of those posts where, after a week of games, I am actually wringing my hands and worrying about anything. Or, since I don’t really give a rip about the Dbacks, not pretending to worry about anything on behalf of their fans. It’s just one of those “huh, look at that” kinds of things. It will even out soon.

But the Dbacks traded a lot for Shelby Miller and they’re paying a lot for Zack Greinke, and so far, this is how it’s going:

Greinke’s first start: 4 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2K, 3 HR;
Greinke’s second start: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 8K, 0 HR;

Miller’s first start: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2K, 3 HR;
Miller’s second start: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 6K, 2 HR

Combined, that’s 31 hits, 21 earned runs and eight homers in 21 innings. Works out to a 9.00 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. Which is not good.

It’ll get better. But hoo boy, it’s hard to see how it could’ve been worse.

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.