Kim Ng among candidates for Diamondbacks’ vacant GM position

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Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that Kim Ng is one of five candidates currently in consideration for the vacant general manager position in the Diamondbacks’ front office. Former GM Dave Stewart was fired earlier this week along with manager Chip Hale.

Ng has been considered as GM on several occasions in the past. In 2005, she interviewed with the Dodgers but the organization chose to go with Ned Colletti instead. She has also been considered by the Mariners, Padres, and Angels.

Ng is currently the senior vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball. Her resume is quite impressive even leading up to her current position. She started as an intern with the White Sox, then was hired full-time to serve as the assistant director of baseball operations under Ron Schueler who was the club’s GM in 1995. She moved on to work for the American League as the director of waivers and records. GM Brian Cashman brought her to the Yankees in 1998 as the assistant GM. Three years later, she moved to the Dodgers as vice president and assistant GM.

Cafardo notes that Bryan Minniti (D-Backs’ assistant GM), Mike Bell (D-Backs’ director of player development), Ray Montgomery (Brewers scouting director), and Peter Woodfork (senior VP of baseball operations for MLB) are other candidates in consideration.

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.