PHOENIX (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Trayce Thompson on the 15-day disabled list because of lower back irritation Saturday before their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Thompson was hitting .225 with 13 home runs and 32 runs batted in in 80 games for the Dodgers. He hasn’t played since July 10 and has dealt with back trouble since before then.
The Dodgers called up outfielder-infielder Zach Walters from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday. Walters is hitting .298 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI this season in the minors.
“He just couldn’t be the player that he was,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said about Thompson. “With who we have left in the season, we didn’t want to put him in harm’s way, so we felt that with the opportunity to have some days back-dated … it just made sense to us.”
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.