Yankees lose second pitcher to elbow injury

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Chad Green’s season came to a screeching halt on Friday when he left the Yankees-Orioles game with tightness in his elbow. A report from ESPN.com’s Andrew Marchand says that the right-hander is done for the year after getting diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon and sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Green didn’t profile as a major player in the Yankees’ pitching staff, but after arriving in the Justin Wilson trade last winter, he found himself in a more pivotal role once injuries began to take their toll on the team. Through 45 ⅔ innings with New York, the 25-year-old held an impressive 10.25 K/9 rate and a less impressive 2.96 BB/9 and 2.36 HR/9.

Going forward, manager Brian Cashman has yet to announce a formal plan for the Yankees’ rotation, but it seems probable that either right-hander Luis Severino or rookie Bryan Mitchell will handle Wednesday’s start against the Blue Jays.

For now, Green’s outlook isn’t as bad as it could be. Unlike starter Nathan Eovaldi, who lost his season to a similar elbow injury last month, Green is not currently expected to undergo Tommy John surgery. It’s a silver lining worth holding onto.

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.