Pitching coach Don Cooper and first base coach Harold Baines are staying with the White Sox despite the manager switch from Ozzie Guillen to Robin Ventura and Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that Joe McEwing and Mark Parent will soon join Ventura’s staff.
Parent is expected to serve as Ventura’s bench coach, which is an important role given his total lack of managing experience, and McEwing is slated to be the White Sox’s third base coach. Hitting coach remains open following Greg Walker’s resignation, with Padilla reporting that Jeff Manto and Tim Laker are the leading candidates.
Parent played 13 seasons in the majors as a backup catcher, retiring in 1998. McEwing’s nine-year career as a utility man ended in 2006 and he played with Ventura on the Mets in 2000 and 2001. He spent this season as the White Sox’s Triple-A manager.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that starter Shelby Miller has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Miller will get a second opinion on his elbow on Tuesday, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. Pitcher Silvino Bracho has been called up from Triple-A Reno to take Miller’s spot on the roster.
Miller, 26, left Sunday’s start with what was described at the time as forearm tightness. Through his first four starts, Miller is carrying a 4.09 ERA with a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
Bracho, 24, has pitched quite well in 6 2/3 innings of relief at Reno. He’s given up just one unearned run on four hits and a walk (intentional) with 12 strikeouts.
Archie Bradley figures to take Miller’s spot in the starting rotation as Bracho will work middle relief.
And John Lackey is livid.
The Brewers’ first baseman homered in each of his first two plate appearances against Reds starter Amir Garrett on Monday evening, helping his team to a 6-1 lead after two frames. The first was a solo blast in the first inning, and the second was a two-run shot to the opposite field in the second inning.
According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Thames has tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in April with 10. Carlos Lee also hit 10 homers in April 2006.
Seven of Thames’ 10 home runs have come against the Reds. Including his first two at-bats on Monday night, Thames is hitting .379/.474/.924 with 17 RBI along with the 10 dingers. Not too shabby from a guy the Brewers signed to a three-year, $16 million contract during the offseason.
Lackey and Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio both recently implied Thames is using performance-enhancing drugs, but Thames was tested immediately after last Monday’s game against the Cubs.