Padres place Fernando Tatís Jr. on injured list

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The San Diego Padres have placed shortstop Fernando Tatís Jr. on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. They have recalled righty Phil Maton from Triple-A El Paso to take his place on the roster.

Tatís strained his hammy when he stretched for a ball during an attempted putout at second base. He ended up doing the splits trying to stay on the bag. He didn’t manage to and he ended up crumpling to the ground in pain as a result. The Padres had hoped that a couple of days off might do the trick, but he’s obviously going to need more time to get right.

Tatís is hitting .300/.360/.550 with six homers and 13 driven in in 27 games so far this year.

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.