MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports that Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has a fractured left hand and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list as a result. Goldschmidt suffered the injury when he was hit on the left hand by an Ernesto Frieri pitch in last night’s contest against the Pirates, having entered as a pinch-hitter on his night off.
Though the Diamondbacks are clearly out of contention in the NL West, losing Goldschmidt is clearly bad news for them. The 26-year-old finished as a runner-up in last season’s NL MVP balloting and was having another fantastic season, slashing .300/.396/.542 with 19 home runs and 69 RBI. He’s the current National League leader in runs and doubles with 75 and 39, respectively.
The Diamondbacks recalled outfielder Alfredo Marte from Triple-A Reno to take Goldschmidt’s spot on the roster.
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.