Orioles add Matt Harvey to major league roster

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SARASOTA, Fla. — Matt Harvey is back in the major leagues with the Baltimore Orioles.

Baltimore selected the contract of the 31-year-old right-hander on Thursday, one week before its season opener at Boston.

Harvey gets a $1 million, one-year contract.

He was 0-3 with an 11.57 ERA in four starts and three relief appearances last year for the Kansas City Royals. He has a 5.40 ERA in three spring training appearances this year, allowing six runs and 10 hits in 10 innings with six strikeouts and one walk.

An All-Star with the New York Mets in 2013, Harvey was derailed by Tommy John surgery in 2013 and an operation in 2016 to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition in which blood vessels or nerves are compressed.

Harvey went 34-37 with a 3.66 ERA for the Mets from 2012 until he was traded to Cincinnati in May 2018. He moved on to the Los Angeles Angels in 2019 and the Royals in 2020. He is 44-52 with a 4.14 ERA in 144 starts and eight relief appearances.

He earned a job in a rotation headed by All-Star John Means.

Baltimore released left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who was 2-1 with a 2.25 in three spring training appearances covering eight innings. He struck out seven and walked five.

The 36-year-old would have received a $700,000 salary while in the majors if added to the 40-man roster. The Orioles had until March 23 to put him on the roster within 48 hours or release him.

Former All-Star Felix Hernandez, also at spring training with a minor league contract, left his third outing on March 16 with right elbow discomfort.

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.