Anthony Gose isn’t helping his own cause, still

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The trials and tribulations of Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose have been a hot topic of conversation lately. Gose got into an argument with Triple-A Toledo manager Lloyd McClendon earlier this month, resulting in his being pulled from the game that day and a benching in the second game of a doubleheader. He didn’t show up for his team’s game the next day.

The Tigers’ brass decided to hand down a pseudo-suspension which ran into the All-Star break, and demoted him to Double-A Erie. The organization would’ve been justified in releasing Gose, but it instead allowed him the chance to redeem himself after removing him from a potentially toxic environment.

Gose isn’t taking advantage of that opportunity. Morgan Beard, a sports anchor with JET-TV 24 and FOX 66, reports that Gose has refused to communicate with the media, saying, “I hate all media.” Beard adds that Gose also had “choice words.”

Some in the media think players should always be available to speak to the media. I happen to be one who doesn’t, and I often side with players who receive criticism for doing so. That being said, there’s a way to deny press access without being condescending and rude about it. Gose, if he wasn’t in the mood to speak to reporters, could have simply said, “Let’s talk another time. Right now isn’t a great time for me.”

Gose already has red marks on his record for his disagreement with McClendon. He had a .521 OPS at Triple-A and has just one single in 13 at-bats at Double-A. Across parts of five seasons in the majors, Gose has a .656 OPS. He has some skills, but he’s quickly running out of chances. It’s tough enough to entice a team when you can’t hit, steal bases inefficiently, and run circuitous routes. Add insubordination and conflicts with the media to that equation, and it’ll be tough for him to procure another contract if the Tigers run out of patience.

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.