Angels won’t let A’s interview hitting coach Dave Hansen

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Oakland lost hitting coach Chili Davis to the Red Sox over the weekend and yesterday there were reports of the A’s being interested in replacing him with Angels assistant hitting coach Dave Hansen.

Hansen served as the interim hitting coach following Don Baylor’s leg injury on Opening Day, but the assumption was that if the Angels intend to reinstate Baylor to the full-time role Hansen may want to seek out a hitting coach gig elsewhere.

Not so fast, says Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, who reports that the Angels “have no desire to allow” the division rival A’s to interview Hansen. She even quotes a source saying the “A’s will have to look elsewhere to fill their need.”

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.