Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw already has arguably the most devastating arsenal in the game. His fastball sits around 93 MPH and can get into the mid-90’s. With that, he mixes in a slider around 87 MPH and a curve at 73 MPH. On very rare occasions — one percent of the time — he’ll throw a change-up.
Kershaw deceives batters with lots of movement, but imagine if they had to account for severe changes in speed as well. Scary thought.
As it happened, Kershaw decided to start off Tyler Flowers‘ fourth-inning at-bat with a 46 MPH eephus.
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The whole thing was made better by Dodgers broadcaster Orel Hershiser saying that Kershaw wouldn’t work on his change-up in a 1-1 game right before the lefty threw the eephus.
The game went 1-1 into the 10th and the Dodgers eventually won 2-1 thanks to a 10th inning RBI double from Yasmani Grandal.
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.