Hanley Ramirez exits game after being hit by pitch

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Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez left Thursday night’s game against the Yankees after he was hit on the hand by a Sonny Gray fastball in the bottom of the first inning. Given the drama that unfolded on Wednesday, home plate umpire Chris Guccione issued warnings to both teams. Mitch Moreland pinch-ran for Ramirez and stayed in the game to play first base.

For what it’s worth, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe said, “Gray’s reaction was not one of somebody who intended to do that.”

Ramirez has gotten off to a good start, batting .357/.404/.548 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 47 plate appearances entering Thursday’s action. With the hot-hitting Xander Bogaerts on the disabled list, the Red Sox would be quite short-handed if Ramirez were to need to take some time off to mend his injury.

Ramirez will undergo evaluation and the Red Sox should pass along an update later tonight. (Update: X-rays negative, per Abraham.)

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.