Aaron Blair undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

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The Braves announced on Tuesday evening that starter Aaron Blair underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews. The procedure addressed a capsule tear in his shoulder and will cause him to miss the rest of the 2018 season, per David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Blair, 25, suffered the injury during his start for Triple-A Gwinnett last Wednesday. In that start, his first of the season, he lasted 2 2/3 innings, yielding three runs (none earned) on a hit and four walks with three strikeouts.

Blair was one of the top prospects in baseball just a couple years ago, but he has struggled at the major league level. Across 73 innings and 16 starts, he has a 7.89 ERA with a 49/39 K/BB ratio.

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.