Mets manager Terry Collins hints that Juan Lagares has ligament damage in elbow

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Interesting note here about Mets center fielder Juan Lagares, who suffered a right elbow sprain last September. If you have watched him at all this season, you have likely noticed that his arm isn’t nearly the weapon it has been in the past. According to Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger, Mets manager Terry Collins was asked about the situation today and hinted that Lagares has ligament damage in the elbow:

“There’s only a couple of things you can do,” Collins said. “One would be to have Tommy John. The other would be to rest it and then just be careful.”

It didn’t take long for the Mets to backtrack from these comments. General manager Sandy Alderson said that Tommy John surgery is not “on our radar” while describing it merely as elbow soreness. Meanwhile, Collins later clarified and said it’s something Lagares should be able to manage and play through. This might not do much to calm the paranoia of Mets fans, but here we are.

While Lagares’ arm hasn’t been the same this season, the Gold Glover can still go out and get it with them. He also extended his hitting streak to nine games tonight against the Blue Jays.

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.