Jacob deGrom’s MRI comes back clean

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Mets starter Jacob deGrom left last night’s game against the Braves with a hyperextended right elbow, sustained while batting. The extent of his injury was to be determined this morning with an MRI. That MRI has come back: Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that it was clean, and that deGrom has no ligament damage.

According to DiComo, deGrom is going to attempt to take his regular turn in the rotation on Monday. Manager Mickey Callaway said that deGrom “will be monitored for soreness and other possible symptoms” as he returns to the mound but that, at present, there is no backup option in the works. The assumption is that deGrom is good to go.

That’s good news, but given the Mets’ history with handling injuries, one can be forgiven if one is at least a bit worried that deGrom is not getting a little time off and that the Mets seem to assume that the best case scenario will play out. When was the last time a best case scenario played out in Queens?

That skepticism notwithstanding, good news for deGrom and the Mets.

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.