Orioles claim David Hale off waivers from the Rockies

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The Orioles claimed pitcher David Hale off waivers from the Rockies on Monday, CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Rich Dubroff reports. Hale will report to Triple-A Norfolk. As the Orioles’ had space on the 40-man roster, the club didn’t need to make any corresponding roster moves.

With Yovani Gallardo on the disabled list, the Orioles are very thin on starting pitching at the moment. Kevin Gausman will make his season debut on Monday night against the Rays. Tyler Wilson, who started on Saturday, is scheduled to make another start on Thursday against the White Sox.

Hale, 28, made only two relief appearances for the Rockies this season. He gave up three runs in 1 2/3 innings in his 2016 debut on April 16, then allowed a hit and an out in his most recent appearance on the 19th. Hale has a career 4.48 ERA with a 120/62 K/BB ratio in 178 2/3 innings over parts of four 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.