Astros place Jose Altuve on 10-day disabled list

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Jose Altuve is headed to the 10-day disabled list with right knee discomfort, the Astros announced Saturday. Altuve hasn’t made an appearance in the lineup since he was pulled from Wednesday’s game against the Rockies, but it looks like it’ll take more than a couple days of rest to get him back on his feet. While a timetable for his return to the team has yet to be revealed, the move is retroactive to July 26, so the second baseman could return as soon as August 5 if he makes a quick recovery. A corresponding assignment will be made on Sunday.

This is Altuve’s first DL assignment in eight major league seasons. He isn’t anywhere close to the career numbers he posted in 2017, but that isn’t saying much: He’s batting a robust .329/.392/.464 with nine home runs, 14 stolen bases, and a league-leading 134 hits through 454 plate appearances. He went 1-for-2 with a double during Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Rockies, but was forced to make an early exit in the fourth inning after experiencing some pain in his right knee. The injury occurred several days earlier on a bad slide into third base.

It’s a double whammy for the Astros, who are scheduled to go into Sunday’s finale without Altuve or Carlos Correa. Correa landed on the 10-day disabled list with lower back soreness on June 29 and has yet to return to the field. He fielded ground balls on Saturday — the most progress he’s made to date, according to club manager A.J. Hinch — but has not been cleared for a rehab assignment and doesn’t seem to be close to resuming his post at short anytime soon.

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.