Joey Cora to interview for Brewers' managerial opening

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Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune reports that White Sox bench coach Joey Cora will interview for the Brewers’ managerial opening “soon.”
Gonzalez notes that Cora “is believed to be a long shot” for the Milwaukee job and has interviewed for past managerial openings in Pittsburgh and Seattle.
Prior to serving as Ozzie Guillen’s right-hand man in Chicago for seven seasons Cora managed in the minors for the Mets and Expos, and of course he played 11 seasons in the majors for the Mariners, White Sox, Indians, and Padres.
Milwaukee fired Ken Macha after he went 80-82 and 77-85 in two seasons on the job.

Shohei Ohtani medically cleared to begin a throwing progression

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The Angels released a medical update on P/DH Shohei Ohtani Thursday evening. Ohtani was reevaluated by Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan Jobe Institute. The right-hander’s sprained UCL showed improved healing and, as a result, he has been cleared to begin a throwing progression.

Ohtani, 24, was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after his June 6 start against the Royals and hasn’t pitched since, though he has been in the lineup as a hitter since July 3. It was initially believed he would undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Then the thought was that Ohtani wouldn’t pitch again for the rest of the season, but this update suggests a possibility he could return to the mound before the season is over.

In nine starts, Ohtani put together a 3.10 ERA with a 61/20 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings. As a hitter, he batted .283/.365/.522 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 157 plate appearances.