Brennan Boesch needs thumb surgery, but Tigers hope it can wait until offseason

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Brennan Boesch is out of the lineup today for a fifth straight game with a partially torn thumb ligament and trainer Kevin Rand admitted that he’ll need surgery eventually, but the Tigers are putting it off in the hopes he can play again this season.

“It’s going to be an issue the rest of the way,” Rand told Tom Gage of the Detroit News. “We just have to find a way, if we can, to get it comfortable enough for him to swing a bat.”

Boesch suffered the initial injury on August 10 and has played seven games since then, hitting .250 with zero homers and a .599 OPS.

So far he’s avoided a trip to the disabled list and his recent absence has given Magglio Ordonez another opportunity after being benched following the trade for Delmon Young.

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.