Three Phillies minor league pitchers combine for no-hitter at Single-A

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Clearwater Threshers pitchers Drew Anderson, Will Morris, and Victor Arano combined to no-hit the St. Lucie Mets on Sunday in a 4-0 victory, CSN Philly reports. The Threshers are the Phillies’ Single-A affiliate in Florida. The last time the Threshers put together a no-hitter was back in 2007, when Drew Carpenter tossed a seven-inning no-hitter. The last time a Phillies’ minor league affiliate tossed one was on August 10, 2013 when Yacksel Rios, Mark Meadors, and Manny Martinez accomplished the feat.

On Sunday afternoon, Anderson went four innings, walking one, uncorking a wild pitch, and striking out six on 51 pitches. Morris came in and kept the no-hitter going, walking one with four strikeouts on 58 pitches. Arano finished it off with a scoreless ninth, walking one and striking out one on 17 pitches.

Anderson, 22, was drafted by the Phillies in the 21st round of the 2012 draft. He came into Sunday’s action with a 3.38 ERA and a 41/12 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings spanning seven starts.

Morris, 23, was taken in the 24th round of the 2013 draft by the Phillies. He has made two starts with Double-A Reading, but has spent most of his season with Clearwater, compiling a 3.40 ERA and a 25/12 K/BB ratio in 53 innings in six starts and 10 relief appearances.

The Phillies acquired Arano along with infielder Jesmuel Valentin from the Dodgers in the August 2014 trade that sent pitcher Roberto Hernandez to L.A. Arano, 21, entered Sunday with a 2.76 ERA and a 56/13 K/BB ratio in 49 innings across 26 relief appearances this season.

None of the three Phillies pitchers were ranked in the organization’s top-30 by MLB Pipeline.

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.