Settling the Scores: Wednesday’s results

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How ya doin’, Mets fans? Giants fans? Cardinals fans? Everyone doing OK? No? Well, that’s a shame. If it helps, all three of the teams y’all root for are less-than-inspiring at the moment.

The Giants got blasted by Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers and are back to six back in the NL West, which we can basically call for the Dodgers now. The Cardinals had won four in a row but got hammered by the Rockies yesterday. Expand that timeline a bit and they’re 4-4 in their last eight. The Mets? Hoo-boy. They let the Braves come into New York and sweep them. And the way that game Endered, er, I mean ended last night was something to behold:

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The National League Wild Card is a mess. The Cards, Mets and Giants are all tied and, because of their recent struggles, have even let the Pirates sneak back into the conversation, three and a half games back. Clean it up, guys. There’s only a week and change left in the season.

Here are the box scores:

Rockies 11, Cardinals 1
Astros 6, Athletics 5
Mariners 2, Blue Jays 1
Red Sox 5, Orioles 1
Phillies 8, White Sox 3
Indians 4, Royals 3
Braves 4, Mets 3
Nationals 8, Marlins 3
Yankees 11, Rays 5
Angels 5, Rangers 4
Cubs 9, Reds 2
Pirates 4, Brewers 1
Diamondbacks 3, Padres 2
Dodgers 9, Giants 3
Tigers vs. Twins: POSTPONED

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.