Diamondbacks place Taijuan Walker on 10-day disabled list with right forearm inflammation

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The Diamondbacks placed Taijuan Walker on the 10-day disabled list with right forearm inflammation, per a team announcement on Sunday. The move was expected after Walker exited Saturday’s outing against the Dodgers with forearm tightness in the second inning. While the righty told reporters he felt fine following the game, he’s now expected to undergo an MRI on Monday to assess any undiagnosed damage.

Walker, 25, said he initially felt some discomfort in his arm during the first inning of Saturday’s eventual 9-1 win. He scaled back the velocity on his pitches and consulted manager Torey Lovullo before making an early exit from the game. “I didn’t really want to push it and make things worse,” Walker said after the game. “I could have stepped on it and kept going, but I was just kind of babying it a little bit. I didn’t want to do anything dumb and make it worse.”

It’s not unusual for forearm tightness and inflammation to be precursors of significant elbow injuries, but nothing concrete will be revealed before Walker undergoes further tests on Monday. In a corresponding move, the club recalled reliever Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno. The 25-year-old righty has seen mixed results through his first three appearances of 2018, with five runs, a home run, a walk and nine strikeouts through 5 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.