Dallas Keuchel pitches seven scoreless innings in minor league start

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For all the talk of the rust that might’ve formed on Dallas Keuchel‘s arm during his multi-month free agent odyssey he isn’t showing much of it. The newest Braves pitcher tossed seven scoreless innings in a minor league start last night.

Now, to be fair, it was an A-ball game in Rome, facing the Charleston River Dogs (he had been scheduled to pitch Saturday in Triple-A but the game was rained out). Still, those on the scene say he looked good as he struck out nine while allowing only one hit, walking one and throwing 55 of his 77 pitches for strikes.

Meanwhile, down in Atlanta, Kevin Gausman was pulled in the third inning despite being staked to a 5-1 lead. He had just given up a three-run homer and his manager was not gonna let him ride it out, even if the Braves offense was hot last night. Here’s Brian Snitker on why he yanked Gausman: “the last couple of outings haven’t been very good and it didn’t look like it was going anywhere good today.” So, uh, yeah, you don’t need to be a forensic scientist to figure out where this is all going.

Here’s Keuchel on his start:

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.