Davey Johnson will manage the Nationals for the rest of this season and 2012, ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell reports.
It’ll be the first managerial gig for the 68-year-old Johnson since his two-year stint with the Dodgers ended in 2000. The one-time World Series winner with the Mets in 1986 has a career 1,148-888 record in 14 seasons as a manager.
It lopoks like a great hire for the Nationals if Johnson truly has the desire to manage again. He’s indicated in the past that he didn’t. At least when it comes to in-game tactics, Johnson should run circles around Jim Riggleman, who was one of the game’s weakest managers in that regard. The Nationals will probably try to decide on a manager of the future this winter to add as a bench coach for 2012 and then step in for Johnson the following season.
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.
Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.
Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.
The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.