Shohei Ohtani day-to-day with left ankle sprain

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Everyone’s favorite two-way player made a premature exit from the Angels’ 4-3 loss to the Yankees on Friday night. Batting fifth as the club’s designated hitter, Shohei Ohtani was lifted from the lineup following his at-bat in the fifth inning, during which he appeared to sustain an ankle injury after running out a ground ball and trying to avoid a collision with Neil Walker at first base. While the injury doesn’t appear to compromise Ohtani’s playing time with the team on a long-term basis, he’s considered day-to-day until further notice.

Prior to his misstep in the fifth, Ohtani put on a show for the Yankees. He clubbed his fourth career home run off of a Luis Severino fastball in the second inning, giving the Angels a one-run lead that they clung to for the next two innings. After a bit of back and forth, however, the Yankees tied it up for good with Brett Gardner‘s ninth-inning sac fly, then won it on Didi Gregoriusgo-ahead home run in the tenth.

There’s no timetable currently set for the 23-year-old pitcher/slugger to return to the field, though he’s expected to undergo further evaluation on Saturday. He hasn’t disappointed yet in his rookie year, touting a .333/.378/.619 batting line in 45 PA at the plate and a 4.43 ERA, 4.0 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 through his first 20 1/3 innings on the mound. If all goes smoothly with his recovery process, he should stay on track to make his next scheduled start against the Orioles on Tuesday.

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.