Robinson Cano exits game after taking a pitch off the hand

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Update, 2:58 PM ET: Cano fractured the fifth metacarpal in his right hand, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. No word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined.

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Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was pulled from Sunday’s game against the Tigers after sustaining a hand injury in the third inning. Cano worked a full count against Detroit southpaw Blaine Hardy in his second at-bat, then took an 88-MPH fastball off of his right hand near the pinky area. He was attended to by manager Scott Servais and a team trainer and walked off the field several minutes later.

A formal diagnosis has yet to be announced, though Cano will undoubtedly undergo further evaluation later today. Prior to the incident, the 35-year-old infielder went 0-for-1 with a groundout in his first and only at-bat of the afternoon. He’s batting .289/.383/.444 with 14 extra-base hits and an .827 OPS in 167 plate appearances this spring.

Andrew Romine replaced Cano as a pinch-runner and second baseman in the third inning. The Mariners are currently tied 2-2 with the Tigers in the top of the fifth.

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.