Raul Ibanez, who was one of three finalists for the Rays’ managerial opening, has withdrawn his name from the running due to undisclosed “family considerations.”
That leaves Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu as the two remaining finalists, assuming the Rays don’t add another name to the mix to replace Ibanez.
Ibanez hasn’t officially announced his retirement as a player yet, but hit just .167 in 90 games for the Angels and Royals this year at age 42.
Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.
The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.
Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.
Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.