Jake Arrieta gives up three runs in four innings in Phillies debut

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Jake Arrieta made his Phillies debut on Sunday afternoon, starting against the Marlins. As expected, he didn’t pitch deep into the game as he’s still getting stretched out due to a delayed start to spring training. Arrieta didn’t sign until March 12, agreeing to a three-year, $75 million deal with the Phillies.

Arrieta threw 74 pitches in total, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in four innings. All three of the runs Arrieta surrendered to the Marlins scored in the first inning. Miguel Rojas hit a solo home run to left field and Braxton Lee brought home two runs with a single.

Arrieta didn’t factor into the decision as the game was tied 3-3 after three innings and remained tied until the Marlins scored three times in the eighth against the Phillies’ bullpen, eventually winning 6-3.

Arrieta is lined up to face the Rays on the road on Saturday for his next start.

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.