Yoenis Cespedes finally lands on DL 10 days after getting hurt

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Mets gonna Mets.

Yoenis Cespedes suffered a strained hip flexor back on May 6, causing him to leave a game after one at-bat. He returned to play the next day, but he was sporadically in and out of the lineup since. He last played Sunday, and since the DL was still in play and the Mets wanted to be able to backdate it if possible, the team said he was only available Tuesday night in a potential game-deciding situation.

If Cespedes had simply been DL’d when the injury originally occurred, he’d be eligible to play tomorrow and he might be just fine to do so. Instead, he’s probably made things worse since then and he’s now going to miss at least another week. He only had the MRI to determine the severity of his injury yesterday.

The Mets are in good position to cover a Cespedes injury with both Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares playing well in their part-time roles. However, it’s Phillip Evans, Cespedes’s replacement on the roster, who is starting in left field today.

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.