Madison Bumgarner to make season debut next week

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Giants starter Madison Bumgarner will come off of the disabled list to make his season debut in a start against the Diamondbacks at home next Tuesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Bumgarner will make one more rehab start for High-A San Jose on Thursday, throwing 70-75 pitches.

Bumgarner, 28, has been out all season after suffering a fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand. He sustained the injury when he was hit by a comebacker in a start near the end of spring training.

It’s been a rough couple of years for Bumgarner. He made only 17 starts last season between mid-April and mid-July after suffering bruised ribs and a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder in a dirt bike accident on an off day. He finished the season strong, ultimately owning a 3.32 ERA with 101 strikeouts and 20 walks over 111 innings.

The Giants have been bitten by the injury bug through the season’s first two months. Starter Jeff Samardzija got a late start to the season due to a strained pectoral muscle. (Update: Samardzija left Tuesday’s start after just one inning.) Johnny Cueto isn’t expected back until early July at the earliest due to a sprained right elbow. And Bumgarner has missed two months.

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.