Cesar Hernandez needs season-ending thumb surgery

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Phillies infielder Cesar Hernandez has been diagnosed with ligament damage in his left thumb and will undergo season-ending surgery, the team announced.

Hernandez suffered the injury during a collision with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in Sunday’s game.

Hernandez got the first extended opportunity of his career filling in for Chase Utley at second base and posted good first-half numbers, but the 25-year-old switch-hitter has cooled recently and finishes the season hitting just .272 with one homer and a .687 OPS in 127 games.

Collin McHugh headed to injured list with elbow discomfort

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Astros starter Collin McHugh will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to discomfort in his right elbow, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Astros recalled Brady Rodgers from Triple-A Round Rock.

McHugh, 31, has struggled to a 6.04 ERA with a 48/16 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings across eight starts and two relief appearances. If the elbow injury is really an elbow injury and not just an excuse for the Astros to give McHugh a reprieve, this could be bad news.

Rodgers, 28, posted a 3.22 ERA with 32 strikeouts and 16 walks in 44 2/3 innings in the minors this season. He had a cup of coffee with the Astros in 2016, yielding 14 runs in 8 1/3 innings. Here’s hoping his latest stint goes a bit better than that.