The Rays interviewed Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin for their managerial opening, wrapping up the first round of interviews, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays are expected to narrow down their list, then complete another round of interviews before deciding on their successor to Joe Maddon.
The Rays had phone interviews with Craig Counsell, Raul Ibanez, and Don Wakamatsu on November 7. Last Saturday, they interviewed Dave Martinez and Manny Acta, and on Wednesday, they interviewed Kevin Cash.
Larkin doesn’t have any major league managerial experience, but he was a coach for the United States in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He managed Brazil’s team in the WBC in 2013.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.