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Padres promote Pat Murphy to interim manager, replacing Bud Black


Now we know why the Padres refused to grant the Brewers permission to have their Triple-A manager Pat Murphy join Craig Counsell’s overhauled MLB coaching staff last month: San Diego wanted to keep Murphy around to replace Bud Black.

Murphy has been named the Padres’ interim manager, stepping into the job after Black was fired in the middle of his ninth season. Black hasn’t had a winning record since 2010 and had an overall winning percentage of .477 in San Diego, but the front office overhauling the roster to create big and ultimately unrealistic expectations likely led to his taking the fall.

Murphy was Arizona State’s coach from 1995-2009, when he resigned amid NCAA investigations and took a job with the Padres. And now he is San Diego’s manager, at least through the end of this season.

Kevin Gregg opts out of contract with the Mariners


Seattle had no plans to call up Kevin Gregg from Triple-A, so the 38-year-old reliever has opted out of his minor-league contract four weeks after signing with the Mariners.

Gregg was previously released by the Reds after allowing 12 runs in 11 innings and he has a 10.07 ERA in 23 appearances since 2014, so this could be the end of the line. He walked five batters in eight innings at Triple-A for the Mariners.

There are 78 pitchers in MLB history with at least 150 saves and Gregg has the third-highest career ERA at 4.24.

Brandon Workman undergoes Tommy John surgery

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Two months ago Brandon Workman was advised not to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery following a visit with Dr. James Andrews, but the Red Sox right-hander went under the knife Monday after the rest-and-rehab route didn’t work.

Workman will miss the remainder of this season and most of 2016, putting his future with the Red Sox in doubt at age 26. He posted a 5.11 ERA and 117/51 K/BB ratio in 129 innings for Boston during the past two seasons while splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen.