Joe Torre to dole out punishments for Blue Jays-Rangers altercation on Tuesday

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Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports that chief baseball officer Joe Torre expects to levy punishments for Sunday’s altercation between the Blue Jays and Rangers on Tuesday.

Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor is likely looking at the heftiest punishment for throwing punches, one of which landed flush, at Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. Bautista, who slid late into Odor, could also face a suspension. Matt Bush, who started the whole thing by hitting Bautista with a fastball, may join the others with a suspension. Jesse Chavez drilled Prince Fielder in the ribs with a fastball, starting a second benches-clearing fracas, and that might earn him some down time. Managers Jeff Banister and John Gibbons could be slapped on the wrist for letting things escalate. Many others were involved, including Josh Donaldson and Kevin Pillar, but I’d imagine Torre wants to keep the suspension list short. The list of fines levied, however, could get pretty lengthy.

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.