Mets’ James McCann goes on 10-day IL with a left oblique strain

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NEW YORK — The New York Mets placed catcher James McCann on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain.

The 32-year old was injured while reaching to apply a tag in the sixth inning of New York’s extra-inning victory over the Miami Marlins.

It is the second stint on the injured list this season for the Mets catcher. McCann required surgery for his broken left hamate bone and spent six weeks on the injured list. He was reinstated on June 24 and started eight games. New York manager Buck Showalter indicated that McCann was expected to be out “longer than 10 days.”

Patrick Mazeika was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.

Tomas Nido, who took over for McCann and delivered the tying hit and scored the winning run in the 10th inning of the 5-4 victory, was in the next starting lineup

The Mets were still awaiting the results of outfielder Starling Marte‘s MRI. Marte left in the fourth inning with left groin tightness.

Showalter also noted that the plan for injured outfielder Travis Jankowski (left fourth metacarpal fracture), who is currently on a minor league rehab assignment with Syracuse, is to have him join the team in Atlanta.

New York also claimed left-hander Sam Clay off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies and optioned him to Syracuse. The Mets designated right-hander Jake Reed for assignment.

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.