Michael Young will not be the Rangers’ next manager

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Dallas Morning News columnist Evan Grant has the story

The Rangers search for a new manager will not include Michael Young.

During a conversation with GM Jon Daniels Tuesday about the position, Young decided against pursuing the position.

Young clashed with Daniels during the end of his 13-year tenure as a player for the Rangers, but the two patched things up earlier this year at a wedding and Daniels told the media after Ron Washington’s sudden resignation that he had a “lot of respect for Michael” and would consider all options in his still-ongoing search for a replacement.

But, as Grant writes Tuesday, the 37-year-old Young has three young sons and wants to spend more time with his family than a major league managerial position would allow: “I’m honored to be considered for the position of Rangers’ manager,” Young told Grant. “I appreciate everything the Rangers organization has meant and done for me, my career, and my family.  Having said that, I recognize the immense time commitment a manger’s position requires, and at this point in my life, it’s not the right fit.  I retired to spend more time with my family and I’m enjoying this chapter in my life.”

Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

Zack Wheeler miss starts
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Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.

Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”

Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.

The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.