Freddy Peralta strikes out 13 in major league debut

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Brewers pitching prospect Freddy Peralta made his major league debut on Sunday against the Rockies at Coors Field. The right-hander brought a no-hitter into the sixth inning, losing it when David Dahl singled with one out. Peralta exited with two outs in the sixth, giving up just the one hit and two walks with 13 strikeouts.

Matt Albers relieved Peralta, finishing out the inning without any damage, preserving the Brewers’ 7-0 lead.

As MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy points out, Peralta is now part of a short list of players to strike out 13 batters in their major league debut:

Peralta, 21, is the Brewers No. 9 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. With Triple-A Colorado Springs prior to his promotion, Peralta posted a 3.63 ERA with a 46/17 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings.

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.