Aaron Boone: ‘Not necessarily’ likely Yankees promote Gleyber Torres this week

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When asked if the Yankees will promote top prospect Gleyber Torres to the majors this week, manager Aaron Boone said, “Possible? Yes. Likely? Not necessarily,” Marc Carig of The Athletic reports.

If they wanted to, the Yankees could promote Torres on April 18 with full knowledge they will have an extra year of contractual control. That extra year of control is why Torres and other top prospects like Ronald Acuna of the Braves started the season in the minors, and it’s why other players like Kris Bryant had slightly delayed starts as well.

According to MLB Pipeline, Torres in the Yankees’ No. 1 prospect and No. 5 overall in baseball. The Yankees acquired Torres when Aroldis Chapman was traded to the Cubs ahead of the 2016 trade deadline. In his first nine games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to start the 2018 season, Torres has hit .389/.410/.583 with a home run and 10 RBI in 39 plate appearances.

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.