Greg Maddux, Dale Murphy, Willie Randolph named to Team USA coaching staff for WBC

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Team USA manager Joe Torre has picked his coaching staff for the World Baseball Classic and it’s an impression collection of big names:

Pitching coach – Greg Maddux
Hitting coach – Gerald Perry
Bench coach – Larry Bowa
First base coach – Dale Murphy
Third base coach – Willie Randolph
Bullpen coach – Marcel Lachemann

Maddux as pitching coach is interesting because if he ever showed a desire to do that on a full-time basis teams would be lining up to hire him.

And no doubt part of the job for all six of those coaches is talking various stars into actually playing in the WBC.

Freddie Freeman’s X-rays come back negative

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The Braves got a scare last night after first baseman Freddie Freeman was hit on the left wrist by a Hoby Milner fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was doubly scary given that, less than a year ago, the same wrist was fractured when Aaron Loup plunked him last year, causing Freeman to miss over a month and a half.

Good news, though: the Braves just announced that Freeman’s X-rays are negative and that he’s day-to-day.

On the season, Freeman is batting .288/.468/.492 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 79 plate appearances.