Wilson Ramos was in the midst of a career year in 2016 before his late September ACL injury. He was batting .307/.354/.496 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI in 523 plate appearances and, had he not suffered his injury, he could’ve been looking at a deal worth as much as $40-50 million. He lost out on that opportunity, however and ended up signing a two-year, $12.5 million contract with the Rays, which will pay him about twice as much in 2018 than it will in 2017.
The financial hit aside, Ramos is working his way back. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Ramos went 2-for-4 with a double during an extended spring training game yesterday. He’s also been catching live batting practice sessions this week at the Rays’ spring training complex.
Ramos should be slated for a minor league rehab assignment soon and could make his debut for the Rays around the middle of June.
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.