Chipper Jones had no problems after weekend workouts and tested his surgically repaired knee again today, with Mark Bowman of MLB.com reporting that he “felt good” and “could be activated in time to start tomorrow’s game.”
Jones underwent what was considered minor knee surgery on March 26 and said all along that he planned to be back in the Braves’ lineup in time for the April 13 home opener.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez has indicated that Jones’ workload might be limited initially, perhaps with some pinch-hitting duties mixed into starts. Martin Prado has started twice at third base in place of Jones, with the newly acquired Juan Francisco taking the other start.
The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.
Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.
According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.
The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.