Yes, coaching hires aren’t all that exciting, but this is an interesting possibility to pass along. According to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY, Moises Alou is a candidate to be the Mets’ first base coach.
While the Mets have expressed their interest, Alou hasn’t decided if he will interview. Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com (via Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com) believes that Alou would prefer a front-office job in major league baseball, not necessarily one in uniform.
Alou, 44, is currently serving as the general manager for the Escogido Lions, the Dominican Winter League team managed by Ken Oberkfell, who also manages Triple-A Buffalo in the Mets’ organization.
It’s been hard to keep up with all the news flying around on the first day of the Winter Meetings, but something you may have missed is that the Mets interviewed Andy Van Slyke for their hitting coach vacancy today. Mets manager Terry Collins revealed that he is the first of four candidates for the job.
Indians reliever Andrew Miller lasted only six pitches in Monday night’s appearance against the Red Sox. He walked Mookie Betts on six pitches before being relieved by Dan Otero. Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Miller reaggravated the patella tendinitis in his right knee.
Miller, 32, missed a couple of weeks earlier this month with patella tendinitis. He was activated last Friday and got two outs in a scoreless appearance against the Royals that night.
Bastian pointed out that Miller’s velocity has been lower than usual. He averaged 92.1 MPH on his fastball on Friday and 90.1 MPH on Monday, well below his normal average around 94 MPH.
The Indians should have more on Miller’s status after Monday’s game or on Tuesday. The lefty is carrying a 1.65 ERA with a 79/16 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings on the season.
Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo and reliever Matt Bush collided attempting to catch an infield pop-up during Sunday afternoon’s game against the White Sox. Bush was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with an MCL sprain in his right knee. Both he and Gallo are experiencing concussion symptoms, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports, and Gallo also suffered a nasal fracture. Gallo has not yet been put on the disabled list.
Losing both players is a big loss for the Rangers, who entered Monday’s action just 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot.
Gallo, 23, has had a breakout season, batting .205/.329/.561 with 35 home runs, 65 RBI, and 68 runs scored in 410 plate appearances.
Bush, 31, has been solid out of the bullpen, putting up a 3.04 ERA with a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings.