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Anthony DeSclafani diagnosed with sprained UCL

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Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani has been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and will be shut down for four weeks, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The right-hander will be reevaluated after those four weeks are up.

DeSclafani, 26, was limited to 20 starts last year after missing the first two months and change with an oblique injury. He finished the season with a solid 3.28 ERA and a 105/30 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings.

DeSclafani was in line to make the start on Opening Day for the Reds, but that honor will now likely go to Brandon Finnegan.

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.