Dante Bichette won’t be back as Rockies hitting coach

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post shares the news:

Dante Bichette will resign after one season as the Rockies hitting instructor, citing family reasons, according to major-league sources.

Bichette played for the Rockies for seven years (1993-1999) and was excited to take the job when he was hired in mid-November, but Renck says the 49-year-old father of two “struggled with being away from his family” and “returning to a major-league schedule was a jarring change.”

Colorado’s hot start and disappointing finish probably didn’t help the enthusiasm level.

The Rockies will carry a 71-86 record into Tuesday night’s game against the Red Sox.

Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

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The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot.

Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21 earned) on 34 hits and nine walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings. Nine of those 34 hits were home runs. Sanchez finished the 2015 season with a 4.99 ERA and last season with a 5.87 ERA, so he’s had a rough go of it in recent years.

The decision to go to Triple-A was Sanchez’s, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Sanchez wants to be stretched out as a starting pitcher again.

Braves release James Loney

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Just a few days after inking him to a minor league deal, the Braves have released first baseman James Loney, the team announced on Monday. Loney became expendable when the Braves acquired Matt Adams from the Cardinals on Saturday as a replacement for the injured Freddie Freeman.

Loney, 33, appeared in two games at Triple-A Gwinnett. He had one hit, a single, and one walk in eight plate appearances.

Loney will likely have to wait for another team to deal with an injured first baseman or DH before he can secure another contract.