The Phillies announced in early October that assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner had resigned. Then Joyner changed his mind and announced that he would stay. But now he’s leaving again.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Joyner has stepped down from his role as assistant hitting coach in Philadelphia — for real this time — so that he can “pursue other opportunities.” Presumably those are baseball-related opportunities.
Joyner was hired in October 2012 and spent just one season with the Phils. It’s not the assistant hitting coach’s fault, but Philadelphia had the 27th-ranked offense in the majors in 2013, scoring more runs than only the Cubs, White Sox and Marlins.
Joyner, now 51 years old, was a .289/.362/.440 hitter over a 16-year big league career.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com suspects Micky Morandini might be Joyner’s replacement.
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.
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.