Braves’ Anibal Sanchez suffers hamstring injury during warmups

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
2 Comments

The Braves announced on Wednesday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The club activated infielder Johan Camargo from the DL ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Phillies.

Earlier, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reported that Sanchez suffered the injury running in the outfield. Trainers had to place an air cast on his left leg and he had to be carted off the field.

Sanchez, 34, was off to a good start for the Braves. In two starts and one relief appearance, he yielded just two runs on 11 hits and six walks with 14 strikeouts across 14 innings.

Lucas Sims is a candidate to take Sanchez’s spot in the rotation. Luiz Gohara is also on his way back from an ankle injury and is expected to make another rehab start or two in the minors.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

Getty Images
2 Comments

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.