Pioneering: Harper Gets the Injections, Acuña MRI, Pineda Out | sports news

A look at what’s happening around the majors on Sunday:

Phillies star Bryce Harper is set to receive an injection of platelet-rich plasma to help treat a small tear in his right elbow, which made him miss the series final at Dodger Arena.

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The NL MVP hit Los Angeles in the first two games of the set, going 5-8 with two home runs and three pairs with five RBIs and two walks.

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

Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. missed three games in a row due to a groin pain and had the team undergo an MRI.

The right-hand man was expected to play on Saturday against Padres, but coach Brian Sneeker said Acuña reported his discomfort when he arrived on the field.

Snicker said Acuña’s reconstructed right knee is not a problem. Acuña missed the second half of last season with a knee injury as Atalanta went on to win the World Championships.

Acuña hits 0.2282 with two home runs, five RBIs and five stolen bases in 10 games this season.

Cardinals Adam Wainwright is expected to be removed from the list of those infected with Covid-19 to face San Francisco in a night game at Busch Stadium.

40-year-old Wainwright (3-3, 3.18 ERA) was sharp on an earlier outing, throwing the ball in one stroke for seven rounds in Kansas City. In that win, he teamed with catcher Yadier Molina on his 310th debut as pilots – the regular-season record is 324 by Mickey Lulich and Bill Freehan of Detroit.

Left-handed Carlos Rodon (4-1, 1.80 ERA) will start for the Giants.

Molina had two hits on Saturday as St. Louis halted the Giants’ winning streak with a six-game winning streak 4-0. Meanwhile, the All-Star striker hasn’t cut a single run this season – he’s made 72 appearances in 20 games so far.

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

Perez (1-2) only allowed twice earned innings during his 26 1/3 innings (0.68 ERA) final four starts after losing his first two of the season. His total time of 2.10 ERA since returning to Rangers this spring is the lowest by a left-handed Texan during his first six games since CJ Wilson 1.51 during that time in 2010.

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

Perez is the first left-handed Rangers since Cole Hummels in 2016 to start four consecutive rounds in at least six rounds without allowing more than once. He also didn’t let Homer into his 34th and 1/3 innings, just short of a season-opening homeless streak of 37 1/3 during his first seven starts while he was still with the Texans in 2017.

The Seattle Mariners are marching this season with a pair of superb Gold Glove shortstop hitters JP Crawford and first baseman Ty France, wrapping up their initial visit to Citi Field with the end of a three-game streak against the leading NL East team of the New York Mets.

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

Ray hit a Season 10 high the last time around in a win over Philadelphia. The left-hander is 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA in six career starts versus the Mets.

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

From here, Seattle heads to Toronto and Boston for the last two stages of a 10-game road trip.

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

Pineda retired all four hitters he faced against Baltimore, but had to leave after Ramon Urreas’ lining broke the middle finger on his right hand on Saturday.

“We don’t know yet if he will need surgery, but he will be out for a while,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said.

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

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