The Pirates can finally get their managerial search going

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Though the Pirates have interviewed a ton of people for their vacant manager’s job, the only really inspiring one of the lot — John Gibbons — has opted out, preferring to remain the Royals’ bench coach.  The thinking  has been that those guys were all just fallbacks, and that Pittsburgh had its heart set on someone else — Rangers’ bench coach Clint Hurdle — who wasn’t available.  Now that the Rangers season is over, he is available, and it’s being reported that the Bucs expect to call on him soon.

I like Hurdle. I don’t think he was responsible for the Rockies’ late 2007 run that everyone gave him credit forb, but I don’t think he was responsible for that early 2009 swoon that got him fired either.  The Rockies are a streaky bunch, we’ve learned, both with and without Hurdle. He did about as good a job in Colorado as one could expect given the talent at any given time.

I don’t think anyone can do much to help the Pirates’ situation in the short term, but Hurdle is a steady guy and would be about the best viable choice for the Pirates to make.

Tommy Hunter undergoes surgery to repair flexor tendon

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Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Phillies reliever Tommy Hunter underwent surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, to repair the flexor tendon in his right arm. There was no damage to the ulnar collateral ligament.

Hunter, 33, is in the final year of his two-year, $18 million contract with the Phillies. He was solid last year, posting a 3.80 ERA over 64 innings, but he was only able to pitch 5 1/3 innings this season, though they were all scoreless innings.

Hunter has been one of a litany of Phillies relievers to succumb to the injury bug this season. Seranthony Domínguez, Pat Neshek, and David Robertson are currently on the 60-day injured list while Vìctor Arano and Edubray Ramos are on the 10-day IL.