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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson (48) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Atlanta, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. The Braves won 6-2. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Tommy Hanson passes away after falling into coma


Multiple sources confirmed that Tommy Hanson passed away Monday evening after suffering catastrophic organ failure and falling into a coma.

He was 29 years old.

A 6-foot-6 right-hander, Hanson debuted with the Braves in 2009, finishing third in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting after going 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA. He was one of the National League’s best pitchers in the first half of 2011 before injuring his shoulder and missing the final two months.

Hanson returned in 2012 with diminished stuff, yet won 13 games with a 4.48 ERA anyway. The Braves traded him to the Angels after the season, and he struggled mightily in Anaheim, amassing a 5.42 ERA in 13 starts and two relief appearances. He never pitched in the majors again, though he did spend time with the Triple-A affiliates of the White Sox in 2014 and Giants in 2015.

HardballTalk extends its deepest condolences to Hanson’s friends and family.

UPDATE: Jose Reyes was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife

Colorado Rockies' Jose Reyes follows through on a base hit against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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UPDATE: The Rockies released a statement on Reyes’ arrest:

“We were extremely disappointed and concerned to learn of the allegations involving Jose Reyes. We continue to gather information and will address this matter appropriately, in accordance with Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.”

11:00 p.m. ET: Per Deadspin, a television report from KHNL in Hawaii says that Reyes and his wife were arguing when he allegedly grabbed her by the throat and shoved her into the sliding glass door in their hotel room.

Reyes’ wife told police she had injuries to her thigh, neck, and wrist. She was taken to the ER at the Maui Memorial Medical Center.

10:30 p.m. ET: According to Chelsea Davis of Hawaii News Now, Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes was recently arrested on the island of Maui for allegedly assaulting his wife, Katherine Ramirez Reyes.

There aren’t many details available at this time, but the alleged incident took place on Halloween in a hotel room in Wailea. Reyes is currently out on bail.

MLB recently announced a new policy regarding domestic violence which allows commissioner Rob Manfred to issue the discipline “he believes is appropriate in light of the severity of the conduct.” The discipline is not contingent on the player in question being found guilty or pleading guilty. This is the first reported incident since the new policy was announced.

The Rockies acquired Reyes in July as part of the Troy Tulowitzki trade with the Blue Jays. The 32-year-old is owed $44 million over the next two seasons, with a $4 million buyout on a $22 million club option for 2018.

White Sox close to hiring Rick Renteria as bench coach

Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria (16) watches batting practice during spring training baseball practice, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Rick Renteria was let go after one just season as Cubs manager when the team decided to move on to Joe Maddon last offseason, but he’s apparently on his way back to Chicago. This time on the South Side of town.

Dan Hayes of hears from a baseball source White Sox are “close” to naming Renteria as Robin Ventura’s new bench coach. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said at the GM Meetings on Monday that he’s “optimistic” the team will make an announcement on a hire this week. Prior to managing the Cubs, Renteria was the bench coach for the Padres from 2011-2013. He sat out the 2015 season after parting ways with Chicago.

The White Sox are currently seeking a replacement for Mark Parent, who was fired in October. Parent was an original member of Ventura’s staff.

Johan Santana is still hoping to make a comeback

FILE - In this file photo taken Aug. 11, 2012, New York Mets' Johan Santana pitches in baseball game in New York. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner has agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles, in a deal announced Tuesday, March 4, 2014,  as he tries to come back from the second major operation on his left shoulder.  (AP Photos/Henny Ray Abrams, file)
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Two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana hasn’t pitched in the majors since August 17, 2012, but he still hasn’t given up on a comeback.

FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi has the news on Santana, who will be 37 years old in March:

It’s been one setback after another for Santana, who underwent surgery in April of 2013 for a re-tear of his shoulder capsule. The left-hander was on the comeback trail with the Orioles in 2014 before suffering a season-ending Achilles tear. He signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays this February after a brief stint in the Venezuelan Winter League, but he ended his comeback bid in June after a toe infection slowed his throwing program.

The odds are squarely against Santana and have been for quite some time, but it would be nice to see him go out on his own terms.

Mets’ Sandy Alderson missing GM meetings due to medical procedure

The New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson responds to questions from the media concerning starting pitcher Matt Harvey's absence during a baseball practice at Citi Field for the NLDS series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
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MLB’s annual General Managers Meetings are taking place this week in Boca Raton, Florida, but the Mets’ Sandy Alderson will not be in attendance as he undergoes an unspecified medical procedure.

Alderson fainted while talking to reporters last Wednesday at Citi Field, with the Mets later saying that it was due to him missing breakfast and feeling lightheaded after being under the press room lights. Anthony DiComo of was told by a team official that this week’s procedure is unrelated and that it was scheduled prior to the World Series.

The defending National League champion Mets have sent assistant general manager John Ricco, special assistant J.P. Ricciardi, and VP of player development and scouting Paul DePodesta to Florida this week as they get started with their offseason plan.