According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn announced at SoxFest this morning that former major league outfielder Vince Coleman will join the team during spring training to work with players on baserunning. He’s also expected to work with minor leaguers and major leaguers throughout the season.
Coleman, who ranks sixth on MLB’s all-time list with 752 stolen bases, spent last the two seasons as a minor league outfield/baserunning coach with the Astros.
The White Sox are surely hoping that Coleman will be able to impart some knowledge to speedsters like Adam Eaton and Micah Johnson. Eaton batted .300/.362/.401 across 123 games during his first season with Chicago last year, but he was just 15-for-24 (62.5 percent success rate) in stolen base attempts. There’s obvious room for improvement. Hopefully Coleman can also serve as an example for how not to handle yourself.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.