Report: Diamondbacks likely to hire Kevin Towers as new GM

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Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks have narrowed their general manager search and will interview five candidates, but according to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse former Padres general manager Kevin Towers “looks like he’ll get the job.”
Towers is among the five candidates listed by Gilbert, along with interim general manager Jerry Dipoto, Dodgers assistant general managers Logan White and De Jon Watson, and Angels director of scouting Eddie Bane.
Team president Derrick Hall has said previously that the Diamondbacks would like to make a full-time hire by the end of the season and Krasovic reports that Towers will officially interview for the gig tomorrow.
Peter Gammons first reported that Towers was likely to get the job last week, but he never really offered a whole lot in the way of details and a short time later Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com indicated that it was far from a done deal primarily because of salary demands.
Towers was the Padres’ general manager from 1995 to 2009, winning four division titles and advancing to the World Series in 1998.

Brewers claim Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Sunday that the Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics. Vogt was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Thursday.

Vogt, 32, was an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, but struggled this year. He hit .217/.287/.357 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 174 plate appearances.

With the Brewers, Vogt will likely split time behind the plate with Manny Pina. Meanwhlie, the Athletics’ catching situation will be handled by Josh Phegley and Bruce Maxwell.

Dallas Keuchel is unlikely to return before the All-Star break

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Astros’ left-hander Dallas Keuchel might not return to the rotation before the All-Star break, Houston manager A.J. Hinch told reporters prior to Sunday’s game. The club placed their star southpaw on the 10-day disabled list on June 8, retroactive to June 5, after a nerve issue was revealed in his neck.

Keuchel has taken a conservative approach to his recovery over the last several weeks, and while he appears to have made some progress, still has yet to throw off the mound. The injury interrupted the start of an outstanding run with the Astros, during which the 29-year-old lefty furnished a 9-0 record with a 1.67 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 through his first 75 2/3 innings of 2017.

According to Hinch, it’s certainly possible that Keuchel could return to the team sometime within the next two weeks, but it’s clear that the team would prefer to play it extra safe with their ace. Even assuming that he feels ready to reclaim his spot on the Astros’ pitching staff, he still needs to complete a few key activities before competing in another game — like throwing off a mound, for example. In the meantime, Lance McCullers Jr. will continue to head Houston’s rotation as they try to build on their 12.5-game lead in the AL West.

 

Hinch’s full comments are below: