Red Sox put 3B Rafael Devers on injured list for hamstring

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BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox put All-Star third baseman Rafael Devers on the 10-day injured list because of right hamstring inflammation, making the move after his early exit in a blowout loss.

Devers was pulled in the fifth inning of a 28-5 blowout loss to Toronto on Friday night.

The Red Sox began the day trailing the Blue Jays by 2 1/2 games for the third and final wild-card spot in the American League.

Devers experienced tightness in his hamstring on a swing during his final at-bat Friday night. Manager Alex Cora said he noticed something when Devers doubled in the first inning.

“He didn’t look too good running to first. Guess he kept grinding,” Cora said Saturday. “After the swing (in the fifth inning) we asked him if he was OK. He said no.”

Devers was the lone Boston starter during this past Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles. He ranks second in the American League in batting average (.324) and also is among the league leaders in home runs (22) and RBIs (55).

Outfielder Jaylin Davis had his contract selected from Triple-A Worcester, where he was hitting .236 with five home runs in 56 games.

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.