The Athletics placed infielder/outfielder Chad Pinder on the 10-day disabled list with a left elbow laceration on Sunday. The move is retroactive to July 28. Pinder’s roster spot will be covered by second baseman Franklin Barreto, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville.
According to reports from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Pinder sustained the injury in a car accident on Saturday. No passengers appear to have been seriously harmed; that Pinder was treated with three stitches on his left elbow and butterfly stitches on his arm, while his fiancée sustained a bruise. Slusser adds that Pinder was not driving the car at the time of the accident.
An exact timetable hasn’t been set for Pinder’s return to the lineup, and given that he won’t be able to swing for a while, it’s not clear how soon he’ll be able to begin a rehab assignment. Prior to the accident, the 26-year-old was in the middle of a career year with the A’s. He batted .259/.332/.453 with 10 home runs, a .785 OPS and 1.4 fWAR across 236 plate appearances in 2018.
Barreto, 22, is in line for his fifth cup of coffee in the majors this season. He has yet to return the kind of power that set him apart in Triple-A last year, however, and eked out a cumulative .214./.241/.429 line, three homers and a .670 OPS in 58 major-league plate appearances so far.
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.