Tigers’ Anthony Gose didn’t show up for Sunday’s Triple-A game

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Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose, currently playing for Triple-A Toledo, got into a heated argument with manager Lloyd McClendon during the third inning in the first game of Saturday’s double-header against Louisville. McClendon removed Gose from the game and banished him from the dugout, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports. Gose didn’t report for Sunday’s 4:05 PM EDT series finale against Louisville.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has been made aware of the situation, but said he still doesn’t know all of the details. McClendon didn’t say anything.

The situation appeared to arise in the first inning of the first game. A fly ball was hit in between Gose in right field and center fielder JaCoby Jones. Gose gave way to Jones, who dove but couldn’t come up with the ball, resulting in a triple for the batter, Tony Renda. Jones was pulled from the game in the bottom of the first after hitting a pop-up and getting a slow start to first base. Two innings later, McClendon and Gose went at it, described as “a loud, animated dugout argument.”

Gose reportedly cleared out his locker after the game. The 25-year-old was acquired by the Tigers on November 13, 2014 from the Blue Jays in exchange for Devon Travis. Gose has been a subpar hitter, but his speed has been an asset, swiping 23 bases in 35 attempts as a Tiger. He’s been at Triple-A since mid-May, where he’s hit .185/.255/.266 in 206 plate appearances.

Obviously, this is not a situation that reflects well on Gose and it could hurt his ability to find work going forward.

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.