UPDATE: Turns out maybe it wasn’t the Orioles who were having second thoughts about LaCava, but the other way around? Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that LaCava has turned down Baltimore’s general manager job.
Last week various reports had the Orioles all but settled on Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava as their new GM, but now Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun writes that “there are rumblings out of the front office that the interview process may be extended for at least a few more days.”
LaCava met with ownership yesterday, but according to Schmuck “the Orioles still aren’t settled on a candidate” and “there might be more interviews.”
He speculates that Peter Angelos “wasn’t that impressed with LaCava or LaCava wanted more authority than Angelos was willing to allow.”
Whatever the case, with free agency about to start you’d think the Orioles would want their new GM ready to make decisions very soon.
Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.
The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.
Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.
As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:
Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.
Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.
Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.