The Padres fired manager Bud Black earlier today and have installed bench coach Dave Roberts as his temporary replacement. However, they are moving quickly to settle on an interim manager to lead the club for the remainder of the season:
According to Marty Caswell of 1090 Sports Radio, Padres general manager A.J. Preller said tonight that Roberts is among the internal candidates for the job. Pat Murphy, manager for the team’s Triple-A affiliate in El Paso, will also be interviewed. In fact, Peter Gammons reports that he’s on his way to San Diego tonight.
You might recall that Craig Counsell wanted to add Murphy to his coaching staff after replacing Ron Roenicke as Brewers’ manager last month. The Padres wouldn’t let him go, which led to some speculation that he was being eyed as a potential replacement for Black.
The Padres enter play tonight at 32-33 on the year, six games behind the Dodgers in the National League West.
As if today wasn’t eventful enough already for the Padres, outfielder/first baseman Wil Myers is headed back to the disabled list due to continued discomfort in his left wrist.
Myers originally hit the disabled list about a month ago due to what was termed as left wrist inflammation. He was activated last Thursday and played in three games, but he’s obviously not close to 100 percent.
Myers recently told AJ Cassavell of MLB.com that he has dealt with effects of a bone spur in his wrist for most of his life. He acknowledged that there’s a “high possibility” he’ll eventually have surgery on the wrist, but he was hoping to delay a decision until the offseason.
Myers, who was acquired as part of the big three-team trade with the Rays and Nationals over the winter, is batting .277/.327/.459 with five home runs and 19 RBI over 35 games this season.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hasn’t played since Friday due to a strained right hamstring, but Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that he’s available for tonight’s game against the Rockies and could return to the starting lineup tomorrow afternoon.
Altuve exited Friday’s game against the Mariners after he tweaked his hamstring trying to run out a ground ball in his second at-bat of the first inning against Felix Hernandez. He downplayed the severity of the issue, so a stint on the disabled list wasn’t deemed necessary, but the Astros are trying to play things safe in order to avoid a setback.
After his monster 2014, the 25-year-old Altuve is batting .290/.330/.395 with five home runs, 27 RBI, and 17 steals through 61 games this season.
After losing Josh Hamilton to a hamstring injury earlier this month, the Rangers had to place outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. on the 15-day disabled list today with a left hamstring strain.
DeShields, who is batting .269/.358/.386 with 12 RBI and 13 steals in 48 games this season, suffered the injury yesterday while trying to track down a fly ball off the bat of Twins outfielder Shane Robinson in the sixth inning. According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, he’s expected to miss around three weeks.
The Rangers have called up second baseman Rougned Odor to replace DeShields on the active roster. The 21-year-old was demoted last month after batting just .144 with one home run and a .486 OPS over his first 29 games this season, but he put up a monster .352/.426/.639 batting line with five home runs and 19 RBI in 30 games with Triple-A Round Rock.
With DeShields out, Joey Gallo is making his first major league start in left field tonight against the Dodgers. He made six starts in left field during his time with Double-A Frisco this season and it’s possible he could stick there when Adrian Beltre returns from his thumb injury.
Russell Martin played hero for the second straight day as the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox 5-4 in 11 innings this afternoon at Fenway Park in Boston. Toronto extended their winning streak to 10 games in the process while Boston have now lost five in a row.
Flipping the script from last night, the Blue Jays grabbed an early 4-0 lead against Clay Buchholz with three runs in the top of the third inning and one in the fourth. The Red Sox quickly battled back against R.A. Dickey with three in the fourth inning and a game-tying solo homer from David Ortiz in the sixth.
The game remained tied until Martin hit a long go-ahead solo homer off Matt Barnes in the top of the 11th. You can watch the home run here. Brett Cecil sat down the Red Sox in order in the bottom of the 11th for his second save in as many days.
Thanks to their recent surge, the Blue Jays are 33-30 on the year and sit just 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees for first place in the American League East. They are riding their longest winning streak since they won 11 straight in 2013.