Manny Ramirez leaves early with calf injury

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manny headshot.JPGDodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez departed Thursday’s game against the Reds in the sixth inning after straining his left calf, or rather aggravating a previous calf injury.

Manny hit a single in the sixth, trotted down the first base line, but pulled up lame just before hitting the bag.  He missed a handful of games last week with a similar calf issue and is likely going to be deemed “day-to-day” once Dodgers trainers get their hands on him.  He was replaced in left field by Reed Johnson, who may be asked to start the next couple of games as the dreadlocked outfielder rests.

Ramirez, 37, is off to a torrid start, batting .415/.500/.659 with two homers and 12 RBI through 41 at-bats.  He should avoid the disabled list, but you never know.

Phillies promote Chris Young to pitching coach position

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Chris Young joined the Phillies as their assistant pitching coach last offseason. This offseason he’s getting a promotion: the Phillies just named as their main (um, top? lead? alpha?) pitching coach for the 2019 season. He replaces Rick Kranitz.

Ken Rosenthal, who reported the promotion, says that the Phillies didn’t necessarily want to shake up their pitching coach situation, but that since several clubs wanted to hire Young away, it was either promote him to the top job or lose him. That’s bad news for Kranitz, but he remains under contract for 2019 and will, in the meantime, be allowed to interview elsewhere.

The Phillies pitching staff ranked 11th in runs allowed in the National League in 2018. They were tenth the year before that, but some early season uncertainty and mismanagement by Gabe Kapler and a late season collapse served to hide what was, for most of the season, a bit of a better staff than the year before. The Phillies obviously credit Young for that and want to keep him in the fold.