Mookie Betts exits game with hamstring tightness

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Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts was pulled during Saturday’s game against the Rays after feeling some tightness in his right hamstring. It’s not clear exactly when Betts sustained the injury, but he made his exit in the top of the fifth inning and is presumed to be day-to-day for the time being.

Prior to leaving the game, Betts went 1-for-2 with a double, his 11th of the season. He was replaced by Jackie Bradley Jr., who shifted over to right field while Andrew Benintendi took over in center and Blake Swihart assumed the left field/leadoff spot.

More should be known about Betts’ condition over the next day or so, but for now, it doesn’t look like a major concern. The 25-year-old outfielder is off to a blisteringly hot start in 2018; he entered Saturday’s contest with a .341/.433/.727 batting line, league-leading 27 runs scored and eight home runs in 104 plate appearances.

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.