Mariners outfielder Boog Powell suspended 80 games for PEDs

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MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports that Mariners outfield prospect Boog Powell has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. The substance, Johns explains, was dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid.

Powell, 23, was rated the Mariners’ eighth-best prospect by MLB Pipeline. This season at Triple-A Tacoma, he was hitting .270/.326/.359 with three home runs and 27 RBI in 277 plate appearances.

Powell’s suspension is effective immediately. He released a statement, which Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times posted:

This Boog Powell has no relation to former major leaguer Boog Powell, who spent 17 seasons in the majors from 1961-77, mostly with the Orioles.

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.