Madison Bumgarner some trouble finding the right sized shoes

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This is a fun little story which, while in and of itself is kind of pointless, gives you a glimpse into what ballplayers think about and go through to do what they do.

It’s from Ken Rosenthal and it’s about Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner has dealt with a couple little annoying health issues this spring, including a ribcage issue and some problems with his feet. Rosenthal’s story is about how he went about dealing with the foot problem, at least for a while: changing shoe sizes. He’s worn 13s forever, had a footwear guy tell him he needs 15s, tried the 15s and got relief but then went back to 13s. This information, by the way, was the subject of a media embargo. No, really. Read Rosenthal’s story to hear about it.

We hear all the time about mechanics and stuff and how many variables go into them. We hear about tweaks as well, and just how small they can be. Given that a guy who has pitched at the highest levels is still messing with things like shoe sizes, you have to figure that we only hear about a fraction of the tweaks and things, real or imagined, baseball players think about in going about their business. It’s gotta be a complicated business.

(h/t Jessica, who would probably let a major league team hire her as a footwear consultant).

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.