Theo Epstein compensation Chris Carpenter set for elbow surgery

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Chris Carpenter, the more valuable of the two pitchers the Red Sox got from the Cubs as compensation for exiting GM Theo Epstein, will undergo surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow and miss a chunk of the season.

The Red Sox almost surely gave Carpenter a physical upon acquiring him on Feb. 21, but given that this was hardly a normal deal by MLB standards, one wonders if the Theo compensation saga might be back on. Carpenter was picked by the league as compensation, not agreed to by the two teams.

On the other hand, if this is just a bone spur, then it’s probably not too big of a deal. Carpenter will likely miss a couple of months, but the Red Sox weren’t looking at him as short-term help anyway. He was slated to begin the season in the bullpen at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Angels name Brad Ausmus new manager

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Former MLB player and manager Brad Ausmus will manage the Angels in 2019, the team announced Sunday. While no contract terms have been revealed, a formal press conference will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM PDT to introduce the new skipper.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler gave a statement following Ausmus’ hiring:

Ausmus, 49, was also considered for a managerial role with the Reds prior to their hiring of David Bell on Sunday. He’ll replace longtime manager Mike Scioscia, who finished his 19th and final campaign with the club on the last day of the 2018 season.

A former catcher and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Ausmus capped his 18-year MLB playing career in 2010. He managed the Tigers from 2014 to 2017, during which he guided the club to a 314-332 record and a postseason berth in 2014. After the Tigers declined to offer the skipper an extension in 2018, he was hired as a special assistant to the Angels’ general manager, and remained in that role for the duration of the regular season.