Another day, another home run for Aaron Judge. The Yankees’ slugger belted a two-RBI home run off of Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman on Saturday afternoon, marking his sixth of the season and second-most among all American League batters.
The home run — a 443-foot moonshot into the upper deck of Yankee Stadium — scored Brett Gardner to give the Yankees their first lead of the game in the third inning. It was the first career blast Judge recorded on a 3-0 pitch count, too; according to Baseball-Reference, he’s now hit one out on every possible pitch count. (That was the only thing that made Saturday’s two-run shot so unique, however, as it was the fourth career dinger he’s collected against Stroman and the 12th he’s hammered against the Blue Jays.)
Not only is Judge inching closer to Mike Trout‘s AL-best seven home runs and Bryce Harper‘s league-leading eight homers, but he’s making history as he does so. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, the 25-year-old reached the threshold of 62 home runs by his 201st career game, narrowly beating Mark McGwire’s 62 home runs in 205 games.
The Yankees weren’t done scoring. They returned in the sixth inning for a seven-run round against the Blue Jays, who managed to plate one of their own on Steve Pearce‘s RBI single in the fifth. The Yankees currently lead the Blue Jays 9-1 through eight innings.
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.