BBWAA announces awards finalists

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The Baseball Writers Association of America announced on MLB Network the top three finalists for each league’s respective Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player Awards.

Here they are. Remember that votes were turned in before the start of the playoffs.

Now for some stray thoughts. It’s weird not to see Clayton Kershaw‘s name in the top-three of the Cy Young balloting. He had a top-three finish in each of the past five seasons, but missed 12 starts with a back injury. Noah Syndergaard was arguably more deserving of a top-three spot than Lester or Scherzer. There’s also an argument to be made for Jose Fernandez’s inclusion. I’m also shocked that BBWAA voters didn’t push Orioles closer Zach Britton into the top-three, though not doing so was the right call. Will Trout be screwed out of yet another MVP Award?

The award winners schedule: Rawlings Gold Glove Awards (Nov. 8), Players Choice Awards (Nov. 9), Louisville Silver Slugger Awards (Nov. 10), Rookie of the Year Awards (Nov. 14), Manager of the Year Awards (Nov. 15), Cy Young Awards (Nov. 16), MVP Awards (Nov. 17), Esurance MLB Awards (Nov. 18).

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.