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Clayton Richard needs season-ending shoulder surgery


Padres left-hander Clayton Richard has been on the disabled list since exiting his June 21 start after just two pitches and next week he’ll undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

Corey Brock of MLB.com has the details on the operation, writing that Richard “will have surgery to essentially shave down part of his left clavicle so he doesn’t encounter future problems with his acromioclavicular joint.” That sounds all kinds of not fun, but the good news is that Richard’s actual shoulder doesn’t have any structural damage (like, for instance, a torn labrum).

Last season Richard allowed the most hits and most homers in the NL while striking out the league’s fewest batters per nine innings, but he still posted a nice-looking 3.99 ERA thanks to calling Petco Park home. This year’s final line: 2-5 with a 7.01 ERA in 53 innings. Richard is making $5.24 million this season and is arbitration eligible again next year, but he seems likely to be non-tendered.

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.