Two minor leaguers suspended for drugs

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We haven’t posted any of these for a while, but it’s a slow news day. How slow? I just read all of Bert Convy’s Wikipedia page. Where I learned that he and Burt Reynolds had a production company in the 1980s called “Bert and Burt Productions.” I can imagine them on the set of “Cannonball Run” hashing out the ideas for this. Gives a guy chills, frankly.

Anyway:

  • Detroit Tigers Minor League left-handed pitcher Drake Britton has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the Program.  The suspension of Britton, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens of the International League, is effective immediately.

 

  • St. Louis Cardinals Minor League second baseman Luke Doyle has received a 100-game suspension without pay following his refusal to take a drug test.  The suspension of Doyle, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League, is effective immediately upon the completion of his current suspension.

I’ve never understood the drug test refusal. It’s the same penalty anyway and at least if you take the dang test you stand a chance of slippin’ by. Kids.

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.