Noah Syndergaard hit two home runs against Kenta Maeda

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Bartolo Colon can’t hold the spotlight for this long, not if Noah Syndergaard has anything to say about it. During Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers, Syndergaard blasted two home runs — one solo, one three-run — against starter Kenta Maeda, helping the Mets take a 4-2 lead after five innings. Syndergaard struck out in his third at-bat facing reliever Chris Hatcher.

Syndergaard is the first pitcher to hit two home runs in a game since Micah Owings did so with the Diamondbacks against the Braves on August 18, 2007.

Home run numero uno:

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Home run numero dos:

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Syndergaard gave up a pair of homers as well, both of the solo variety, to Corey Seager in the third and Yasmani Grandal in the fourth.

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.