Arizona P Caleb Smith out after breaking non-pitching hand

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CLEVELAND — The Arizona Diamondbacks placed left-hander Caleb Smith on the 15-day injured list Monday with a fracture of his non-pitching hand.

Smith injured his hand in frustration after allowing two runs and three hits in two innings of relief against Atlanta on Saturday. The injury occurred after he was removed from the game.

“Caleb broke his hand by punching something that he shouldn’t have been punching,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “I don’t know exactly what it was, but he was very frustrated when he came out of the game.”

Lovullo has expressed his displeasure about the incident to Smith, who returned to Arizona, where the steps in his rehab process will be determined.

“I had a conversation with him and shared my frustration,” Lovullo said. “He’s been accountable to that. He shares the same frustration that I do and his teammates do. He’s been throwing the ball really well.”

Lovullo doesn’t know if Smith will have surgery or how long he’ll be sidelined.

“The one tiny, tiny piece that’s a silver lining, it’s his right hand and he can still throw a baseball,” Lovullo said. “Once he’s cleared for full baseball activity, it’s not going to be a huge ramp up to get his arm back in shape. And that’s a small silver lining.”

Smith is 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA in 31 appearances.

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.