Red Sox prospect Jason Groome to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Red Sox pitching prospect Jason Groome will undergo Tommy John surgery, the team announced on Wednesday. He will undergo the procedure on May 15.

Groome has been dealing with a flexor strain in his left elbow since last August. The Red Sox selected the lefty in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2016 draft. Across 62 total innings in the minors, Groome owns a 5.37 ERA with 82 strikeouts and 34 walks.

Groome is the top pitching prospect in Boston’s system and No. 2 overall behind Michael Chavis, according to MLB Pipeline. He’s also ranked No. 85 among all prospects in baseball.

The upcoming surgery will end his 2018 campaign and will likely eat into about half of his 2019 season as well.

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.