Rangers send Rougned Odor to injured list with knee sprain

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Second baseman Rougned Odor has been placed on the 10-day injured list, the Rangers revealed Saturday. Odor was removed from the lineup on Friday with right knee soreness, which was then characterized as a knee sprain upon further evaluation. Per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he’s expected to miss at least two weeks in recovery.

Odor, 25, sustained the injury during batting practice prior to the club’s series opener against the Athletics, and was later replaced by Logan Forsythe at the keystone. While he came out swinging during Cactus League competition this spring, his bat has cooled considerably since the start of the 2019 season: he’s carrying a .167/.255/.214 batting line with two extra-base hits and two RBI through his first 47 plate appearances.

In corresponding moves, the club shifted Edinson Vólquez to the 60- day IL and selected infielder/outfielder Danny Santana from Triple-A Nashville. Santana is slated to step in for Odor during Saturday’s set against the A’s. He’s also off to a hot start this season and batted .343/.425/.514 with five extra bases and six RBI through his first 40 plate appearances in Triple-A — a trend the Rangers will hope he continues as they look to take the series from Oakland this weekend.

 

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.