Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com was told by an “industry source” that neither Rockies’ pitching coach Bob Apodaca or former major-league pitching coach Rick Peterson are candidates to join Bobby Valentine’s staff in Boston.
Apodaca served as the Mets’ pitching coach with Valentine from 1996-1999. He has worked with the Rockies in the same capacity since 2003. Peterson has had previous gigs in the big leagues with the Athletics, Mets and Brewers. He didn’t work with a professional team this season, but recently interviewed for a minor league pitching coordinator position with the Orioles.
The Red Sox are likely focused on player acquisitions this week, so it’s difficult to get a read where they stand in regard to potential candidates. Jack Curry of YES Network reported last Thursday that Valentine put out a call to David Cone, but he is not expected to take the job. Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com wrote over the weekend that Bobby V could consider former Rangers pitching coach Orel Hershiser, who worked in the broadcast booth with him this season at ESPN, though the former Cy Young Award winner is reportedly putting together a group to bid for the Dodgers.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Sunday that Pirates starter Gerrit Cole was scratched from Monday’s start against the Cubs. Cole instead has flown to Los Angeles to have his sore right elbow examined by a specialist, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Cole struggled in Wednesday’s start against the Astros, yielding five runs in five innings. He did not throw his regular between-starts bullpen. An MRI didn’t reveal any ligament damage, but a bone spur remains a possibility.
Cole, 25, has a 3.55 ERA and a 95/32 K/BB ratio in 144 innings over 20 starts this season. The right-hander missed some time earlier this season with a triceps injury.