Kyle Seager expected to be out through April following surgery on left hand

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MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports that Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is expected to be out through April following surgery to repair an injured tendon in his left hand. Seager suffered the injury diving for a ball during Friday’s Cactus League game against the Cubs.

Seager, 31, was hoping for a bounce-back year after a rough 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI in 630 plate appearances. This year will mark Seager’s first season in which he won’t play in at least 154 games since his rookie season in 2011.

Seager said of his injury, “It sucks, but we’ll deal with it and get through it.”

Ryon Healy will likely draw the majority of the starts at third base in Seager’s absence. Healy has spent over 900 defensive innings at third base in his major league career, but his defense leaves much to be desired.

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.