According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Brewers will interview Nationals third base coach Pat Listach and White Sox bench coach Joey Cora for their managerial vacancy on Tuesday.
Listach, who was originally drafted by the Brewers in 1988 and won the Rookie of the Year with the club in 1992, managed for nine seasons in the Cubs’ minor league system and has spent the past seasons as the third base coach in Washington. Cora doesn’t have any Brewers ties, but he is considered one of the top managerial prospects in the game. He has served as Ozzie Guillen’s bench coach with the South Siders for the past seven seasons.
Haudricourt also mentions that former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin will interview on Wednesday, while former Brewer and Astros manager Cecil Cooper has yet to hear from the club. I feel like the Brewers are almost destined to hire Bob Melvin so that I can constantly confuse him with the team’s GM Doug Melvin.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.