Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was hit on the left forearm with a Ross Detwiler pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning of Monday night’s game against the Athletics. He was immediately removed from the game and underwent X-rays, which revealed a fractured left forearm, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports. Choo is likely to miss the remainder of the regular season.
2016 has been a nightmare for Choo. This will be his fourth stint on the disabled list this season:
- April 9 through May 19: Strained right calf
- May 21 through June 12: Strained left hamstring
- July 20 through August 3: Lower back inflammation
- August 16 – ?: Fractured left forearm
Choo, who went 0-for-2 before exiting, entered Monday’s action batting .250/.369/.421 with seven home runs and 17 RBI in 195 plate appearances on the season. He’s under contract through 2020, earning $20 million in each of the next two seasons followed by $21 million in 2019 and ’20.
While Choo’s absence will hurt the playoff-hopeful Rangers, the club did acquire catcher Jonathan Lucroy and OF/DH Carlos Beltran at the trade deadline to buoy the offense. Jurickson Profar could see additional playing time in the outfield with Choo out of action.
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.