Cardinals to place Dominic Leone on 10-day disabled list

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Cardinals right-handed reliever Dominic Leone is headed to the 10-day disabled list, according to comments made by club manager Mike Matheny on Saturday. The team is expected to make a roster move prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Cubs. No official diagnosis has been given, but there appears to be some issue with Leone’s right biceps after he experienced a cramp while warming up in the eighth inning of Friday’s game.

Leone, 26, is working through his first season with the Cardinals after he was acquired from the Blue Jays in January. The right-hander has pitched just 13 1/3 innings in 2018 so far, allowing six runs, three home runs and three walks and striking out 15 of 55 batters. Should he end up spending some time on the disabled list this spring, it’ll be the first DL stint of his major league career.

Thankfully for both Leone and the Cardinals, the righty reliever doesn’t appear to have sustained any structural damage in his arm, which bodes well for a speedy recovery. Fellow right-hander Luke Gregerson took the ball in his place on Friday, polishing off a scoreless eighth as the Cardinals positioned themselves for the 3-2 win, their 18th of the year.

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.