Cardinals’ Matt Holliday, Seth Maness to undergo surgery this week

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Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday was hit on the right thumb by a Mike Montgomery pitch during the 10th inning of last Thursday’s game against the Cubs. He was diagnosed with a fractured thumb and will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair it, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

In Holliday’s absence, Brandon Moss will take over in left field. Jeremy Hazelbaker and Tommy Pham could get playing time in left field as well.

Holliday, 36, hit .242/.318/.450 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI in 424 plate appearances this season. The Cardinlas have a $17 million club option with a $1 million buyout on Holliday for the 2017 season. It’s quite conceivable that Thursday was Holliday’s final game as a member of the Cardinals. However, GM John Mozeliak thinks Holliday will be able to return before the end of the regular season, per Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest.

In related news, Cardinals reliever Seth Maness will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday, Goold notes. Maness is expected to miss the entire 2017 season. This season, the right-hander compiled a 3.41 ERA and a 16/8 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings.

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.