Astros place Jason Bourgeois on DL with oblique injury

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Astros utilityman Jason Bourgeois has opened the 2011 season with a stellar .407/.439/.500 batting line through his first 57 plate appearances. He’s also tallied 12 stolen bases in 14 chances.

Unfortunately, the 29-year-old is now going to have to put that early offensive momentum on hold.

Bourgeois suffered an oblique injury during an at-bat Saturday against the Pirates and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday morning, according to the Houston Chronicle‘s Zachary Levine.

The Astros purchased the contract of Joe Inglett from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding roster move and will keep him around as infield depth until Bourgeois recovers. Oblique strains typically require over three weeks of healing. But for Bourgeois, whose game relies on speed and aggressiveness, it might take even longer.

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.