Brewers place Corbin Burnes on injured list with unspecified issue

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MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes is going on the injured list after a remarkable April run.

The Brewers announced Thursday that they had placed Burnes on the IL without specifying his issue. The move comes as the Brewers begin a four-game home series with the reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

“The only thing I can say is we made an IL placement, (and) we’re following Major League Baseball health and safety protocols,” president of baseball operations David Stearns said. “I can’t comment more than that. I’m not going to speculate on a return timetable or anything along those lines.”

Manager Craig Counsell said the team likely will wait until after Saturday’s game before announcing who will take Burnes’ place in the rotation against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Burnes is 2-2 with a 1.53 ERA and has recorded 49 strikeouts and no walks through 29 1/3 innings. He allowed one earned run through his first four starts before giving up five runs – four earned – over five innings in an 8-0 loss to the Miami Marlins on Monday.

“Corbin’s been outstanding,” Stearns said. “He’s, in my view, probably the best pitcher in the National League so far this year. He’s done historic stuff that we’ve all talked about a lot. So missing him for any period of time hurts. I feel bad for Corbin. He’s worked really hard to get to this point and to have this level of success. And now he’s got to press pause.”

The Brewers have already endured numerous injuries to key players.

Outfielder Christian Yelich hasn’t played since April 11 due to a strained lower back. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain has been sidelined since April 13 because of a left quadriceps strain.

Pitchers Brett Anderson, Zack Godley and Josh Lindblom also are on the IL. Second baseman Kolten Wong had an IL stint.

The Brewers recalled pitchers Alec Bettinger and Eric Lauer from their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

“None of these injuries are very long-term,” Counsell said. “That’s the bright side to all of this stuff, that none of these things are very long-term things. We will get these players back, and in the meantime early in the season, we’re learning about other players that are going to help us throughout the 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.