Omar Vizquel was let go as the Tigers first base coach when the club shuffled its coaching staff, but he has found a new job in one of his old organizations: the White Sox have hired him to manage their Class A affiliate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Vizquel, who played for the White Sox from 2010-2011, interviewed for the Tigers vacant manager job following Brad Ausmus’ exit. The next time he interviews for such a gig he’ll have some managerial experience to offer. In the meantime, he’ll be managing some young guys in the White Sox’ stocked farm system.
He may need to ask for a couple of days off in July, though, as so far he’s getting strong Hall of Fame voting support on his first year on the ballot and may need to make a quick trip to Cooperstown.
Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.
It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.
If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.
Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.
Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.