MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports that Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has a fractured left hand and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list as a result. Goldschmidt suffered the injury when he was hit on the left hand by an Ernesto Frieri pitch in last night’s contest against the Pirates, having entered as a pinch-hitter on his night off.
Though the Diamondbacks are clearly out of contention in the NL West, losing Goldschmidt is clearly bad news for them. The 26-year-old finished as a runner-up in last season’s NL MVP balloting and was having another fantastic season, slashing .300/.396/.542 with 19 home runs and 69 RBI. He’s the current National League leader in runs and doubles with 75 and 39, respectively.
The Diamondbacks recalled outfielder Alfredo Marte from Triple-A Reno to take Goldschmidt’s spot on the roster.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.