It sounds like the first disabled list stint of A.J. Pierzynski’s career won’t be a long one.
Pierzynski got a second opinion on his fractured wrist yesterday and has been cleared to resume baseball activities just three days after being placed on the DL.
Despite the “fracture” description Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago writes that “his injury isn’t considered serious” and Pierzynski’s stated goal of returning on September 1 seems doable.
Or as the veteran catcher put it: “They said I really can’t do anything worse to it, so the pain will go away and it won’t be a big deal.” Tyler Flowers shouldn’t get too comfortable with the starting job.
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.