After 91 career starts, Yordano Ventura finally has a complete game win

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Royals starter Yordano Venutra is known for a lot of things when he’s out on the mound. He has a bit of a temper. He’s inconsistent but can throw like an ace at times. One thing he has never been known for is throwing deep into ballgames. Coming into Monday afternoon’s start against the White Sox, he averaged fewer than six innings over those 90 starts. Ventura failed to record at least an out in the seventh inning in 18 of 29 starts this season.

Monday afternoon was a different story. Ventura was on point, relenting single runs in the second, fourth, and seven innings, ultimately getting his first complete game win. He gave up the three runs on nine hits and a walk with five strikeouts. It was the first time he pitched into the ninth inning since July 4, 2014. And it’s his second complete game overall, as he pitched eight innings in a complete game loss against the Rangers on July 28 this year.

The White Sox got their runs on a Todd Frazier RBI single in the second, a Jose Abreu solo homer in the fourth, and a Carlos Sanchez solo homer in the seventh.

Ventura was aided by some nifty defense as right fielder Paulo Orlando made a terrific catch tracking down an Omar Narvaez fly ball to right-center. It’s one of the better catches we’ve seen this season.

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.