Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris revealed this month that he was diagnosed with a malignant growth in his thyroid earlier this year and would require surgery. Fortunately, we have an encouraging update to pass along.
Check out what Norris posted on Instagram this afternoon:
Fantastic news. And it’s a beautiful and raw photograph, with Norris pulling back a bandage to reveal his scar after surgery.
Norris was a highly-regarded prospect with the Blue Jays before being traded to the Tigers in July as part of the David Price deal. The 22-year-old posted a 3.68 ERA over eight starts down the stretch, showing his potential as a rotation staple. The baseball part obviously comes secondary to his health, but the expectation is that he’ll be ready to go for spring training.
UPDATE: The Marlins have officially announced that Jennings has been relieved of his duties. Team president Michael Hill will take over as general manager.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Jennings is owed $5.6 million over the next three seasons. I wouldn’t say it’s a skill, but the Marlins are really good at paying people who don’t work for them anymore.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the relationship between Jennings and Loria became frayed when Jennings played outfielder Marcell Ozuna against Loria’s wishes. Of course, the Marlins demoted Ozuna earlier this year and kept him in the minors for what was largely believed to be motivated by service time. Ozuna compared his time in Triple-A to jail and Loria probably didn’t take kindly to that. Sounds like a fun situation for Don Mattingly to walk into.
6:11 p.m. ET: On the day that we learned that Don Mattingly will be the new manager of the Marlins, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the team has dismissed former general manager and manager Dan Jennings.
This completes what has been a bizarre year for Jennings, who stunned the baseball world when he moved from the front office to the dugout after manager Mike Redmond was fired in May. Jennings led the Marlins to a 55-69 record through the end of the regular season. He wasn’t expected to return as manager, but the belief was that he’d move back to his role as general manager, a position he had held since the fall of 2013. However, it was reported earlier this month that Jennings’ relationship with owner Jeffrey Loria “deteriorated” during his time as manager and that he wasn’t coming to the office at Marlins Park or taking part in typical GM duties. In other words, the writing was on the wall. As Jackson puts it, the Marlins believe letting Jennings go is “in the best interests of the organization.”
It’s unclear who will replace Jennings as general manager, but Marlins’ vice president and assistant general manager Mike Berger would be a natural successor. And heck, we could hear some speculation about Alex Anthopoulous, who stepped down as Blue Jays general manager today.
You have to feel for Jennings after all he has been through this year, but he likely won’t be out of work for long and should find a home with an organization which isn’t nearly as dysfunctional.
The Domonic Brown era in Philadelphia is officially over, as Matt Eddy of Baseball America writes that the former top prospect has elected to become a free agent.
The news is a formality at this point, as Brown was outrighted off the Phillies’ 40-man roster last week. Such a scenario would have been unthinkable after he broke out with 27 home runs and made the All-Star team in 2013, but he has batted just .233 with 15 home runs and a .634 OPS in 207 games over the past two seasons. He spent a long stretch in the minors this season after an Achilles injury. His final act in a Phillies uniform was suffering a concussion when he flipped over a wall at Citi Field on September 1.
Brown just turned 28 in September and has shown flashes of potential, so somebody will surely take a chance on a turnaround.
Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes was forced to make an early exit from Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cubs last Wednesday due to left shoulder soreness, but he’s good to go for Game 1 of the World Series against the Royals on Tuesday.
After receiving a cortisone shot last Thursday, Cespedes took batting practice Sunday for the first time since the injury. He told Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger through an interpreter today that he now feels “one hundred and 10 percent.” You wouldn’t expect him to say anything different, especially after he pledged last week that he would chop off his arm and put on a new one if it meant that he could play in the World Series.
There was all sorts of speculation about the cause of the injury after Cespedes was spotted playing golf prior to Game 4, but it’s part of his routine and he said today that he’ll continue to do it as long as he’s feeling good.
Cespedes is batting .265 (9-for-34) with two home runs, seven RBI, and a .756 OPS over nine games this postseason.
The Royals are mulling over some roster changes for the World Series against the Mets, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that prospect infielders Raul Mondesi and Cheslor Cuthbert have been working out with the team. If a change is made, Mondesi or Cuthbert would likely replace Terrance Gore on the roster.
Cuthbert appeared in 19 games with the Royals this season, but the 20-year-old Mondesi has yet to play a game in the majors. The son of former major league outfielder Raul Mondesi, he batted .243/.279/.372 with six home runs, 33 RBI, and 19 steals over 81 games this season with Double-A Northwest Arkansas while splitting time between shortstop and second base.
If the Royals carry Mondesi, he would have a chance to become the first player ever to make his major league debut during the World Series. The same goes for Matt Reynolds if the Mets carry him for the World Series. Reynolds was an injury replacement for Ruben Tejada during the NLDS against the Dodgers, but he has yet to appear in a game.