Pat Dean signed a one-year deal with Kia Tigers

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Rookie left-hander Pat Dean reportedly signed a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Kia Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization, according to MyKBO.net’s Dan Kurtz.

Dean made his major league debut with the Twins in 2016, racking up a 6.28 ERA and 5.20 FIP over 67 1/3 innings between April and September. He fared little better in Triple-A Rochester, working a 5.56 ERA and 2.58 K/BB rate in 16 starts. The Twins called him up a second time in August after seeing three of their pitchers hit the disabled list, using the 27-year-old as bullpen filler through the remainder of the season. The lefty was outrighted, along with Tommy Milone, Andrew Albers, James Beresford and Logan Schafer on October 17.

The KBO might skew more toward hitters than struggling pitchers, but Dean won’t be the first former MLB pitcher in its ranks. He’ll join former White Sox hurler Hector Noesi, who pitched to a 3.51 ERA for the Tigers in 2016, as well as former Dodgers outfielder Roger Bernadina. According to the Yonhap News Agency, Dean is slated to replace right-hander Zeke Spruill, who completed his one-year contract with the Tigers after going 10-13 with a 5.33 ERA in 147 innings.

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.