Giants acquire Kevin Pillar from Blue Jays

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The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Kevin Pillar in exchange infielder Alen Hanson, righty Derek Law and righty Juan De Paula.

Pillar has spent his entire seven-season career in Toronto. He’s a defense-first center fielder with some occasional pop. For his career he’s a .260/.297/.396 hitter (86 OPS+) but he can steal you some bases. His calling card, obviously, is outstanding defense in center, though he may have lost a step in the past couple of years. He had a lot of steps to lose, of course, so he’s still an excellent defender.

Hanson is a utility guy who has covered second, short, third and all three outfield positions. He has yet to see action this year. Last year he hit .252/.274/.425 in 310 plate appearances.

Law has pitched in 109 games, all in relief, over three seasons. He has a 3.83 ERA and has a K/BB ratio of 97/31 in 105.2 innings.

De Paula, 21, has yet to pitch above A-ball. The Jays will be his fourth organization since 2015.

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.