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Mike Scioscia confirms he is returning to Angels next year


Manager Mike Scioscia has one year remaining on his contract with the Angels, but as the Phillies showed with Pete Mackanin, that is no guarantee. Scioscia, though, confirmed he’s returning to the Angels next year and is comfortable doing so in the last year of his deal, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Angels just missed out on the second American League Wild Card slot, finishing the season with an 80-82 record. Scioscia has managed the Angels since 2000, leading his team to the playoffs in six of eight years between 2002-09. The Angels have missed the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons; they were swept out of the ALDS in 2014 by the Royals.

Many Angels fans have been growing frustrated with the Angels’ lack of playoff success despite having the world’s best baseball player in Mike Trout. So there was some thought that the Angels might shake things up and move on from Scioscia.

Madison Bumgarner diagnosed with fractured left hand

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Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner has been diagnosed with a fractured left hand, per a report from Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. He’ll undergo surgery on Saturday to insert pins in his pinky knuckle, adds The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly, and is expected miss anywhere from 4-6 weeks in recovery before he’s cleared to throw again. In a best-case scenario, the lefty will be ready to pitch again before the All-Star break, but nothing is set in stone just yet.

Bumgarner suffered the fracture during the third inning of Friday’s Cactus League game against the Royals. Whit Merrifield returned a line drive up the middle and the ball deflected off the top of Bumgarner’s pitching hand before bouncing into the infield. He chased after the ball but was unable to pick it up, and was immediately visited by manager Bruce Bochy and a team trainer before exiting the game.

The 28-year-old southpaw was gearing up for a massive comeback after losing significant playing time with an injury in 2017. During his tumultuous run with the Giants last year, he missed nearly three months on the disabled list after spraining his shoulder and bruising his ribs in a dirt bike accident. He finished the season with a 4-9 record in 17 starts and a 3.32 ERA (his first 3.00+ ERA since 2012), 1.6 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 111 innings. The Giants suffered as well; by season’s end, their pitching staff ranked seventh-worst in the National League with a cumulative 4.58 ERA and 10.1 fWAR.

This is the second massive injury the Giants’ rotation has sustained this week after right-hander Jeff Samardzija was diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle on Thursday. “Horrible news for us,” Bochy told reporters after Friday’s game. “That’s all you can say about it. There’s nothing you can do but push on.”