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Don Mattingly confirms Zack Greinke will return Wednesday


Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed to reporters this evening that Zack Greinke will return from the 15-day disabled list to start at home on Wednesday night against the visiting Nationals.

This according to Ken Gurnick of

Greinke has been on the shelf since fracturing his left collarbone in a wrestling match with Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin on April 11. He surrendered eight runs — three earned — over 4 1/3 innings Friday in a rehab start at Triple-A Rancho Cucamonga, but his clavicle is healed and the Dodgers are desperate.

Greinke signed a six-year, $147 million free agent contract with Los Angeles this past offseason after posting a 3.48 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 200/54 K/BB ratio across 212 1/3 innings (34 starts) in 2012 between the Brewers and Angels.

The Dodgers are 9-18 in his absence (not including tonight’s result).

Billy Beane promoted to VP, David Forst named A’s general manager

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I’m so old I remember when general managers used to run baseball operations departments. Now they’re basically assistants.

The latest example: the Oakland Athletics have promoted Billy Beane to vice president of baseball operations and have named David Forst general manager. Forst has been with the A’s for 16 years and has been Beane’s assistant for 12 years, so it’s not exactly a situation in which Forst will be making the final calls. The official move came today, though the move has been in the works for some time, it seems.

Someone with a lot of good front office access is going to write a good story this winter about the title inflation going on in Major League Baseball over the past year. And it’s gonna be great when one of his or her sources breaks the pattern of saying “well, baseball transactions are so much more complex these days . . . ” and admits “hey, if Theo gets a fancy title and La Russa gets a fancy title I WANT A FANCY TITLE TOO.”

Not that it’s much of a secret as it is.

Brewers fire pitching coach Rick Kranitz

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Despite a change at general manager from Doug Melvin to David Stearns the Brewers quickly made it clear that they’re keeping Craig Counsell as manager, but today they fired pitching coach Rick Kranitz.

In fact, all of Milwaukee’s coaches except for hitting coach Darnell Coles and third base coach Ed Sedar were let go, as Counsell shakes up his staff after managing the Brewers to a 61-76 record as Ron Roenicke’s replacement.

Kranitz took over as the Brewers’ pitching coach in 2011, during which time they’ve ranked 11th among NL teams in ERA.