Brewers’ Freddy Peralta leaves start early due to shoulder fatigue

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MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Freddy Peralta left the second game of a doubleheader with the San Francisco Giants due to fatigue in his throwing shoulder after walking the first batter he faced in the third inning.

After issuing the walk to Tommy La Stella, Peralta was visited on the mound by manager Craig Counsell, pitching coach Chris Hook and medical staff. Counsell then removed Peralta from the game and brought Peter Strzelecki in from the bullpen.

The Brewers led 3-0 when Peralta departed. They won the first game of the doubleheader 2-1.

Peralta, a 2021 All-Star, spent over two months on the injured list with a right lat strain. He made his return on Aug. 3.

He struck out three, walked two and allowed no hits before his early departure. Peralta’s start had been pushed back three days to give him more time to rest and recover from his last appearance.

This marks the second straight day the Brewers have removed a starting pitcher from a game with a medical issue. Left-hander Eric Lauer exited an 8-4 loss at Colorado with tightness in his throwing elbow after allowing seven runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Counsell said that Lauer would miss at least one 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.