After being scratched from yesterday’s start with forearm soreness Tommy Hanson underwent an MRI exam and the Angels right-hander has been diagnosed with a forearm strain.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll be shut down completely for at least seven days and the current expectation is that Hanson will miss three weeks overall.
Hanson, who was acquired from the Braves in November for reliever Jordan Walden, has struggled with a 5.10 ERA and 33/17 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. Not only are those by far the worst ERA and strikeout rate of his career, Hanson’s average fastball has declined from 92.7 miles per hour in 2010 to 88.5 mph this year. He hasn’t been right for a while now.
The Cubs announced on Monday afternoon that Anthony Iapoce will take over as the new hitting coach.
Chili Davis was fired as the Cubs’ hitting coach last week. As noted, the Cubs’ offense regressed in a few areas, notably in the power department. Additionally, the offense in general waned as the season went on, which opened up the door for the Brewers to challenge for the NL Central title.
Iapoce, 45, spent the last three years as the Rangers’ hitting coach. The Cubs point out that the Rangers’ offense made great strides in 2017 thanks in part to Iapoce. They are no doubt hoping he can bring the same magic to Chicago. Iapoce was the Cubs’ special assistant to the GM for the three seasons before joining the Rangers.
Though he never made it to the majors, Iapoce did spend time in the Brewers’ minor league system from 1994-2003 and another two in the independent Northern League in 2004-05.