BEGINNING: Harper gets an injection, Acuña MRI, Pineda out

A preview of what’s happening around the majors on Sunday:



Phillies star Bryce Harper is set to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection to help with a small tear in his right elbow, causing him to miss the series finale at Dodger Stadium.

The reigning NL MVP beat the Los Angeles pitcher in the first two games of the set, going 5-for-8 with two home runs and three doubles with five RBIs and two walks.

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


Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. missed three straight games with groin pain, and the team gave him an MRI.

The right fielder was scheduled to play Saturday against the Padres, but manager Brian Snitker said Acuña felt uneasy when he arrived at the stadium.

Snitker said Acuña’s reconstructed right knee was no problem. Acuña missed the second half of last season with a knee injury as Atlanta won the World Series.

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


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

Wainwright, 40 (3-3, 3.18 ERA) was sharp in his previous outing, throwing a hit for seven innings at Kansas City. In the win, he teamed up with wide receiver Yadier Molina for their 310th start as teammates — the regular-season record is 324 by Detroit’s Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan.

Southpaw Carlos Rodón (4-1, 1.80 ERA) is expected to start for the Giants.

Molina had two hits on Saturday as St. Louis ended the Giants’ six-game winning streak, 4-0. The All-Star wide receiver, meanwhile, hasn’t walked a single one this season — he’s had 72 plate appearances in 20 games so far.


Martin Perez is back with his original team in Texas, and the southpaw will face his old team in a series finale against Boston.

Perez (1-2) has allowed just two earned runs in 26 1/3 innings (0.68 ERA) his last four starts after losing his first two this season. His 2.10 overall ERA since joining the Rangers this spring is the lowest by a Texas southpaw in his first six games since CJ Wilson’s 1.51 over that span in 2010.

Perez, 31, made his major league debut with the Rangers in 2012. He pitched for them until 2018 before moving to Minnesota in free agency and then to the Red Sox.

Perez is the first left-hander for Rangers since Cole Hamels in 2016 to make four consecutive starts of at least six innings and not allow more than one earned run. He also did not allow a homer in 34 1/3 innings, just shy of his best season-opening non-homer streak of 37 1/3 innings in his first seven starts as he was still with Texas in 2017.


Led this season by a pair of hot hitters in Gold Glove shortstop JP Crawford and first baseman Ty France, the Seattle Mariners wrap up their first visit to Citi Field with the finale of a three-game series against the New York Mets, leaders of the NL East. .

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

Ray hit a season-high 10 last time out in a win over Philadelphia. The southpaw is 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA in six career starts against the Mets.

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

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


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

Pineda retired all four batters he faced against Baltimore but had to leave after understudy Ramon Urias broke his right-hand middle finger on Saturday.

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

Pineda, 33, is 1-2 with a 3.22 ERA in five starts in his first season with Detroit.


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