Santiago Casilla was NOT happy Bruce Bochy pulled him from the game

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The Giants beat the Diamondbacks last night, but it got dicey late, and that led to one angry San Francisco Giants pitcher.

With the score at 4-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, Giants manager Bruce Bochy put his closer, Santiago Casilla in the game. Casilla allowed a double, a single and then walked a guy to load the bases. He also struck two men out, but the bases were loaded and Jake Lamb was coming to the plate, one single away from tying the game and forcing extras, one extra-base hit away from winning it for Arizona. Notably, Lamb hit a homer off of Casilla last month.

Bruce Bochy had seen enough and didn’t let Casilla face Lamb. Rather, he called on Javier Lopez. Lopez retired Lamb and the Giants were victorious. Afterward, however, Casilla voiced is displeasure. From John Shea’s story in the San Francisco Chronicle:

But long after the game, in a corner of the visitors’ clubhouse at Chase Field, closer Santiago Casilla was fuming because he was pulled by manager Bruce Bochy with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning. Casilla was furious on the mound when Bochy arrived and wasn’t over it after the game.

“The reason I got upset was because he took me out of the game where I thought he had confidence in me,” said Casilla, who was replaced by left-hander Javier Lopez, who retired lefty-swinging Jake Lamb to end the game. “I think I could pitch to the lefty, but I guess it shows the manager didn’t have faith in me.”

Well, don’t load the bases up in a close game and maybe that’s not an issue? Crazy, I know!

Casilla ended up saying that he’s just an employee and that he respects Bochy’s decisions. But if he really did I doubt he fumes like that.

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.