Sandy Alomar expects to be part of Terry Francona’s staff

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Terry Francona beat out Sandy Alomar for the Indians’ manager job, but Alomar expects to stay in Cleveland as part of Francona’s coaching staff.

“I’m a professional with one more year on my contract,” Alomar told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I expect to come back. Terry said he wants me on the staff.”

Francona and general manager Chris Antonetti both confirmed that they want Alomar back, although it’s possible he’ll wait a while to see if any other teams show interest in him as a manager.

During the interview process Alomar was effusive in his praise of Francona, saying he couldn’t compete with the former Red Sox manager’s track record and experience while adding that “obviously anybody would want a Terry Francona.”

Maybe he was just being honest or maybe he figured Francona was all but assured to land the job and it couldn’t hurt to praise the new manager, but either way it sounds like Alomar has a job waiting for him in Cleveland.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.