What’s on Tap: Previewing Tuesday’s action

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Dodgers starter Julio Urias turned 20 years old one month and one day ago. He’s made a handful of road starts, part of his way to a 3.69 ERA and a 76/26 K/BB ratio over 68 1/3 innings. But Tuesday night’s start will probably register high on his list of important starts. He’s starting at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 PM EDT.

According to Baseball Reference, the starter opposing Urias on Tuesday night — CC Sabathia — was also the last to start a game at Yankee Stadium before the age of 21. A member of the Indians on June 27, 2001, Sabathia made his second start in the Bronx at 20 years and 341 days old. He didn’t last long, having to leave with no outs in the second inning after yielding six runs (four earned) on three hits and a walk with one strikeout. He lasted only four innings in his start earlier that year as well.

The Yankees are the most revered franchise in baseball and one of the most revered in sports. And while the current Yankee Stadium has only been around since 2009, it still carries with it a great deal of importance in the largest media market in the United States. Then figure that both teams are fighting for entry into the postseason. The Yankees are only two games out of the second American League Wild Card slot and the Dodgers lead the NL West by four games over the Giants.

But, hey, no pressure, kid.

The rest of Tuesday’s action…

Los Angeles Dodgers (Julio Urias) @ New York Yankees (CC Sabathia), 7:05 PM EDT

New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard) @ Washington Nationals (A.J. Cole), 7:05 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Ivan Nova) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Alec Asher), 7:05 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays (Drew Smyly) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman), 7:07 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Dylan Bundy) @ Boston Red Sox (Drew Pomeranz), 7:10 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Jake Esch) @ Atlanta Braves (Matt Wisler), 7:10 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Matt Garza) @ Cincinnati Reds (Dan Straily), 7:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Kyle Gibson) @ Detroit Tigers (Matt Boyd), 7:10 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Jharel Cotton) @ Kansas City Royals (Matt Duffy), 7:15 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Trevor Bauer) @ Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana), 8:10 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (A.J. Griffin) @ Houston Astros (Brad Peacock), 8:10 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs (Jason Hammel) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Jaime Garcia), 8:15 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray), 9:40 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners (Taijuan Walker) @ Los Angeles Angels (Alex Meyer), 10:05 PM EDT

San Diego Padres (Clayton Richard) @ San Francisco Giants (Albert Suarez), 10:15 PM EDT

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.