Astros prospect fractures hand after punching door

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Kids, don’t get into fights with inanimate objects.

According to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, Astros prospect Jonathan Villar will be sidelined for the next six weeks after fracturing his right hand while punching a door between innings Friday evening at Double-A Corpus Christi.

Villar is scheduled to have surgery next week.

The 21-year-old shortstop was acquired from the Phillies in 2010 as part of a package for right-handed starter Roy Oswalt. A native of the Dominican Republic, he has registered a .261/.336/.396 slash line with 11 home runs, seven doubles and 50 RBI across 377 plate appearances this season at the Double-A level.

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.