The Royals signed Kyle Lohse. Yes, Kyle Lohse.

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Here’s a name I haven’t heard in a while: Kyle Lohse. As in, “the Royals have signed Kyle Lohse to a minor league deal.”

Lohse is 39 and hasn’t pitched since 2016, when he gave up 13 runs on 15 hits in two starts (9.1 IP) for the Rangers. I would’ve bet a pretty tidy sum of money that that was the end of his 16-year career, but stranger things have happened I suppose.

Worth noting too, that this is a zero-cost depth move, not a situation in which the Royals are asking Lohse to actually do anything other than go to Omaha and eat innings with anything else being a bonus. If he does appear in the bigs this year it’ll likely be after the Royals are well out of it, with his arm taking the heat in meaningless games rather than arms that, one day, will be throwing pitches that matter more.

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.