Reds designate Yovani Gallardo for assignment

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The Reds just announced that they have designated pitcher Yovani Gallardo for assignment. Righty Tanner Rainey will take his place on the roster.

Gallardo appeared three times on the young season and gave up eight runs on eight hits and four walks in two and a third innings which, um, yeah. They had just signed him on March 31 to a guaranteed deal paying him $750,000 so that’s a pretty expensive week or so of work. That deal was signed after the Brewers released him from his one-year, $2 million deal just as camp was breaking, which obligated Milwaukee to pay him a $500,000 buyout. So: $1.25M for three games. Good work if you can get it.

This could very well be the end of Gallardo’s career. The veteran right-hander is coming off of a rough year with the Mariners, in which he made 22 starts and six relief appearances to the tune of a 5-10 record, 5.72 ERA while striking out too few and walking too many in 130.2 innings.

In his 12-year career, Gallardo is 113-93 with a 3.97 ERA (103 ERA+) for the Brewers, Rangers, Orioles, Mariners and Reds.


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.