The Padres placed infielder/outfielder Wil Myers on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, per an announcement on Sunday. Outfielder Travis Jankowski was recalled from Triple-A El Paso in a corresponding move.
Myers, 27, suffered the injury after fouling off a pitch from the Mets’ Seth Lugo in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game. He took another pitch from Lugo but quickly summoned a team trainer and was unable to complete the at-bat. While the Padres have yet to reveal a concrete timetable for Myers’ return, he told reporters he expects to be sidelined for at least 14 days.
It’s a tough blow for the 27-year-old, who was just a week removed from his last stay on the disabled list. He dealt with lower back stiffness in camp and was shut down for several weeks in April after experiencing nerve irritation in his throwing arm. Between stints on the DL, he went 9-for-28 with two doubles and a stolen base. He went hitless in three at-bats against the Mets on Saturday.
Jankowski, 26, will rejoin the team after getting optioned to Triple-A last month. He raked .363/.452/.450 with five extra-base hits, four stolen bases and a .902 OPS in the minors this spring.
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.