Anthony Gose somehow got away with this slide

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The slide rule has been implemented without much of a problem so far this year. Jose Bautista notably made a slide violation in the season’s opening days, but otherwise, players have quickly learned what constitutes a good slide and what doesn’t.

Anthony Gose, however, made what appeared to be a clear violation of the slide rule in the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Nationals. The bases were loaded and Joe Ross induced what appeared to be an inning ending double play from Austin Romine. Second baseman Daniel Murphy threw to shortstop Danny Espinosa for the first out. Gose slid into Espinosa in an attempt to break up the attempt, and Espinosa’s throw to first base was late. Gose, however, never touched second base or even attempted to grab it with an outstretched arm.

The slide was reviewed and the umpires felt Gose made a “bona fide slide”.

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Rule 6.10(j), per MLB.com:

[…] a runner will have to make a “bona fide slide,” which is defined as making contact with the ground before reaching the base, being able to and attempting to reach the base with a hand or foot, being able to and attempting to remain on the base at the completion of the slide (except at home plate) and not changing his path for the purpose of initiating contact with a fielder.

Both Gose and Romine should have been out, ending the inning without any additional scoring. The Tigers ended up getting a run on the play, and Miguel Cabrera followed up with an RBI single. The Nationals lost 5-4.

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.