Tigers suspend minor leaguer Warwick Saupold for the rest of the season

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As reported on Tuesday, Tigers pitcher Warwick Saupold was involved — along with two Pirates minor leaguers — in a bar brawl this past Sunday morning. Saupold allegedly punched someone in the face outside of the Bronze Boar bar, which is across from the Toledo Mud Hens’ ballpark, and was arrested.

The Tigers have announced that Saupold has been suspended for the rest of the season, Matthew B. Mowery of The Oakland Press reports. It amounts to five games as the minor league season is soon ending.

The Tigers’ official statement:

Upon reviewing the details and accounts of an incident involving Warwick Saupold that took place last weekend in Toledo, the ballclub has issued Saupold a five-game suspension. The Detroit Tigers organization does not condone his actions and hold all personnel to a higher standard. Moving forward, the Tigers will have no further comment on this matter.

Similarly, the two Pirates’ players involved — Gift Ngoepe and Dovydas Neverauskas — were also suspended for the remainder of the season, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Saupold, 26, appeared in six games at the big league level for the Tigers this season. He served up eight runs on 17 hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings. With Triple-A Toledo, he had a 2.30 ERA with a 50/22 K/BB ratio in 74 1/3 innings spanning 11 starts and seven relief appearances.

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.