Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday after missing six weeks with a calf strain, but he couldn’t make it through the weekend without getting injured again. Choo suffered a strained hamstring during Friday’s game against the Astros, exiting in the third inning, and has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 21, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports.
There’s been no announcement of a timetable for Choo’s latest injury, but it will be at least a couple of weeks. It’s been a tough year for the 33-year-old Choo, as he has appeared in only six games this season, the third year of his seven-year, $130 million contract.
Drew Stubbs joined Choo on the disabled list on Monday, as he has a sprained left pinkie toe. Sullivan reports that the club is calling up slugger Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock.
Gallo, 22, is hitting .265/.415/.639 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in the minors this season. He showed serious power in the majors last year, but also hit a meager .205 and struck out 57 times in 123 trips to the plate. Gallo has shown improvement in that regard as he also carries a 22/24 K/BB ratio with Round Rock.
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.