Kenta Maeda exits start against Phillies with strained hip

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Update: Maeda left with a strained right hip, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.

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Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda couldn’t make it out of the second inning of Tuesday’s start against the Phillies, leaving with an apparent injury. Maeda served up a solo home run to Nick Williams, then was visited on the mound by the team trainer and manager Dave Roberts. Maeda initially stayed in the game, facing three more batters and recording two outs. Maeda was again visited on the mound by the trainer and Roberts, but this time he was pulled from the game.

Scott Alexander relieved Maeda, giving up a walk, an infield single, then a two-run single. One of the runs was charged to Maeda, whose final line read: 1 2/3 innings, three hits, two runs, one walk, two strikeouts. He now has a 3.61 ERA on the season.

It is not yet clear what was ailing Maeda, but the Dodgers should provide an update during the game.

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.