As expected, the Orioles hired former A’s, Mets, and Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson, but he’ll fill the role of pitching development coordinator rather than pitching coach.
Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com says that’s actually a new position created by the Orioles, who’ll keep Rick Adair as their pitching coach and have Peterson work primarily with minor leaguers.
Peterson’s imminent hiring was first reported several weeks ago, but according to Ghiroli there was “a lengthy negotiation process in which Peterson was interviewed several times over a month-and-a-half period.”
Peterson was fired by Milwaukee following the 2010 season after Brewers pitchers ranked dead last among NL teams in ERA, so his reputation has certainly taken some hits since his days in Oakland.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.