Mat Latos could rejoin the Reds’ rotation this week

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Reds starter Mat Latos will make a rehab start with Triple-A Louisville on Monday, and if all goes well, he could rejoin the Reds’ rotation later this week to make his 2014 season debut, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Latos, recovering from a strain in his right elbow, does not think the rehab start is necessary.

When Latos comes back, Tony Cingrani could move to the bullpen. He’s currently on the same schedule as Latos, and is clearly the easiest to move out of the rotation. Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey (despite his struggles) have cemented spots, while Alfredo Simon and Mike Leake are both pitching well. Cingrani is carrying a 4.09 ERA and a 53/28 K/BB ratio in 55 innings.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.