According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Padres have hired Phil Plantier as hitting coach.
Plantier, 42, had been serving as manager at the Padres’ single affiliate in Lake Elsinore, California.
He was a big league outfielder from 1990-1997, batting .243/.332/.439 with 91 home runs in 610 games, 298 of which he played with San Diego.
In 1993, by far his best season, Plantier had an .843 OPS and 34 home runs for a 72-90 Padres team.
He’ll be taking the place of Randy Ready, who was let go in late September after a brutal offensive campaign that sunk the Friars to a 71-91 record. With a batting order that should improve in 2012 but only mildly, Plantier will be facing a challenge.
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.