Indians acquire Oliver Drake from Brewers

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The Indians acquired right-handed reliever Oliver Drake from the Brewers on Saturday, per announcements from both teams. The Brewers will receive cash considerations in the deal. A corresponding move still needs to be made before Drake can be added to the roster.

The 31-year-old righty was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Tuesday. He pitched through just 12 2/3 innings with the club in 2018, drumming up a 6.39 ERA, 5.7 BB/9 and 10.7 SO/9 after contributing to several tough losses over the last month. He posted slightly more respectable numbers during his first full season in the majors last year, going 3-5 with a cumulative 4.66 ERA, 4.0 BB/9 and 10.0 SO/9 in 56 innings during back-to-back stints with the Orioles and Brewers.

The Indians aren’t exceedingly picky at this point in the season, however, especially after losing Andrew Miller to a left hamstring strain and Nick Goody to a bout of right elbow inflammation. Exacerbating the problem: The bullpen has pitched 16 1/3 of the team’s last 50 innings since the start of May. They currently rank third-last among major league relief corps with a collective 5.11 ERA and 0.0 fWAR.

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.