Greg Walker resigned as the Braves’ hitting coach following a season in which they ranked 14th among NL teams in runs scored and now they’ve hired Kevin Seitzer as his replacement.
Seitzer spent this season as Toronto’s hitting coach and the Blue Jays ranked fourth among AL teams in scoring–including second in home runs–but Seitzer decided to leave that job to take the same role with the Braves. He previously served as hitting coach for the Diamondbacks and Royals.
As a player he was a two-time All-Star third baseman whose career spanned from 1986 to 1997, hitting .295 in 1,439 games for the Brewers, Royals, Indians, and A’s.
Kevin Towers opted not to remain with the Diamondbacks in a different role after being fired as general manager and now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he’s set to join the Reds’ front office as an assistant to general manager Walt Jocketty.
Towers took a lot of criticism for his stint in Arizona–and rightfully so in most cases–but he’s always been portrayed as very well-respected across baseball and it’s no surprise that another longtime, veteran GM wanted to bring him on board.
Being in the World Series hasn’t stopped the Royals from tweaking the margins of their 40-man roster, as they claimed outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers from the White Sox.
Sierra has hit just .243 with nine homers and a .679 OPS in 180 games for the White Sox and Blue Jays during the past three seasons and his Triple-A numbers aren’t a whole lot better.
At age 25 he profiles as a bench player, but he does have a decent power-speed combo and the right-handed hitter could fit in a platoon role at some point.
Nationals right-hander Taylor Jordan underwent surgery in September to remove bone chips from his elbow, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. Jordan is expected to be ready for spring training.
Jordan pitched well in nine starts for the Nationals as a 24-year-old rookie last season, but then went 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA in five starts this year before being shut down in June.
Bone chip removal is a relatively minor procedure, but Jordan was no lock to crack the Opening Day pitching staff anyway.
Earlier this week the Cardinals insisted there was nothing wrong with Adam Wainwright’s elbow and he wouldn’t require surgery, but now Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the ace right-hander underwent surgery today to have “a ligament trimmed in his right elbow.” However, now other sources are saying it was cartilage that was trimmed.
Cardinals management downplayed Wainwright’s injury while the team was still playing and then downplayed the notion of him needing something fixed once the season was over, at one point calling the situation “overblown.” And now he’s going under the knife.
Here’s a quote about Wainwright’s status from Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com on October 20:
Wainwright visited with the medical staff on Friday, and they found no reason to have long-term concern about Wainwright’s elbow. The Cardinals plan for him is to have a normal offseason during which he’ll benefit primarily from rest. The club will likely cut back on Wainwright’s workload in spring training to compensate for his innings count over the past two seasons.
So much for all of that.
General manager John Mozeliak told Goold that a second opinion revealed the need for surgery and the Cardinals expect Wainwright to be ready for spring training, with a recovery timetable of approximately six weeks.
UPDATE: And now it’s official.