White Sox place prized rookie Andrew Vaughn on COVID-19 list

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox placed outfielder Andrew Vaughn on the COVID-19 injured list on, with general manager Rick Hahn saying the prized rookie was asymptomatic.

“Our hope is that, similar to our other IL placements of this nature, he will return shortly to the active roster,” Hahn said in a statement. “At this time, no other players on the roster are impacted.”

The 23-year-old Vaughn is batting .226 with four homers and 12 RBIs. The White Sox took him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 amateur draft.

Manager Tony La Russa said Vaughn was held out of Monday’s doubleheader at Cleveland because of allergies. He returned to the lineup on Tuesday. La Russa said he wasn’t sure if the allergies triggered a positive COVID-19 test.

“You’d have to be a doctor to know how that affects the test,” La Russa said. “I’m just saying that he’s healthy and all of a sudden he was miserable that day. Then, he shows whatever showed up in the test. I think there’s been a couple tests since then where he’s negative so we’re optimistic that – whatever tests he has left to take – it’s just a temporary thing.”

Chicago also recalled infielder and outfielder Gavin Sheets from Triple-A Charlotte.

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.