Saturday, March 25, 2023

Leading: Harper’s Injection, Acuna MRI, Pineda Out

Take a look at what’s happening around the Major on Sunday:


Harper’s shot

Phillies star Bryce Harper is scheduled to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection to help with a small tear in his right elbow that he missed in the series finale at Dodger Stadium.

The current NL MVP defeated Los Angeles pitching in the first two games of the set, scoring 5 for 8 with two home runs and three doubles with five RBIs and two walks.

Harper may also miss Philadelphia’s home game against San Diego on Tuesday night. The right fielder would not throw for four weeks, but would remain in the lineup as the designated hitter.

play it safe

Braves star Ronald Acua Jr. could not play three straight games due to back pain and the team underwent an MRI.

The right fielder was expected to play against the Padres on Saturday, but manager Brian Snitker said Acuna reported feeling uncomfortable when he arrived at the ballpark.

Snitkar said Acuna’s reconstructed right knee is not an issue. Acuna missed the second half of last season after suffering a knee injury as Atlanta went on to win the World Series.

Acuna is batting .282 in 10 matches this season with two home runs, five RBIs and five stolen bases.

together again

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is expected to come off the COVID-19 injured list to face San Francisco in a one-night game at Busch Stadium.

The 40-year-old Wainwright (3-3, 3.18 ERA) was quick in his previous outing, bowling a hit ball for seven shutout innings at Kansas City. In that win, he teamed up with catcher Yadier Molina for his 310th start as batterymates – the regular season record held by Detroit’s Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan of 324.

Left-hander Carlos Rodone (4-1, 1.80 ERA) is ready to start for the Giants.

Molina got two hits on Saturday as St. Louis halted the Giants’ six-game winning streak to 4-0. Meanwhile, the All-Star catcher hasn’t made a single walk this season—he’s made 72 plate appearances in 20 games so far.

remember me?

Martin Perez is back with his original team in Texas, and the left-hander will face his former team in the series finale against Boston.

Perez (1–2) allowed only two earned runs on 26 1/3 innings (0.68 ERA), his last four starts this season after losing his first two. Since rejoining the Rangers this spring, his overall 2.10 ERA is the lowest by a Texas lefty in his first six games since CJ Wilson’s 1.51 in that period in 2010.

The 31-year-old Perez made his big league debut with Rangers in 2012. He pitched for them at free agency before moving to Minnesota, then at the Red Sox until 2018.

Perez is the first Rangers lefty since Cole Hamels in 2016 to make four consecutive starts in at least six innings and not allow more than one earned run. He hasn’t even allowed a homer in his 34 1/3 innings, just short of his best season-opening homeless streak of 37 1/3 innings in his first seven starts while with Texas in 2017.

travel man

Leading the season ahead by a pair of hot hitters at Gold Glove shortstop JP Crawford and first baseman Ty France, the Seattle Mariners made their opening trip to Citi Field with a three-game series finale against the NL East-leading New York Mets. signed off. ,

AL Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray (3-3, 4.22 ERA) pitches for Seattle against Carlos Carrasco (3-1, 3.19).

Ray last got out in a season-high 10 in a win over Philadelphia. The left-hander is 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA in six debuts versus the Mets.

Carrasco is 2-0 with 0.87 ERA in three starts at home this year. The veteran right-hander is 5-3 with 3.67 Era vs the Mariners, although he hasn’t started against them since May 2019.

From here, Seattle heads to Toronto and Boston for the final two legs of the 10-game road trip.

tough break

The Tigers will see how Michael Pineda is doing, a day after a line drive broke a finger on his pitching hand.

Pineda retired all four hitters he faced against Baltimore but had to leave after breaking the middle finger on the right hand of Ramon Urius’ liner on Saturday.

“We don’t know yet whether he’ll need surgery, but he’s going to be out for some time,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said.

The 33-year-old Pineda is 1-2 with a 3.22 ERA of five during his first season with Detroit.


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