Brad Ziegler set the Diamondbacks’ record for consecutive saves

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Diamondbacks closer allowed a run but still was able to finish Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers, a 4-2 win. He got the save, representing his first of the 2016 season and his 29th in his last 29 attempts. That is a new Diamondbacks record.

Ziegler, 36, took over as the Diamondbacks’ closer towards the end of May last season and blew a save on his third attempt. Between his next save and the end of the season, he would convert every save opportunity with which he was presented. From May 29 through the end of the season on October 4, the right-hander racked up 28 saves with a 2.14 ERA and a 22/9 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings.

J.J. Putz previously held the record, notching 28 consecutive saves in the 2011-12 seasons.

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.