Dodgers outfield depth? Carl Crawford has an oblique injury

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One of the Dodgers story lines all offseason was that the team had too much outfield depth and they certainly tried to trade Andre Ethier before deciding to keep him in a part-time role.

But now right fielder Yasiel Puig is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and left fielder Carl Crawford may be joining him on the shelf after suffering what manager Don Mattingly believes is a strained oblique muscle Monday night.

Fortunately for the Dodgers even if they’re without Puig and Crawford the outfield is still in pretty good shape with standout rookie Joc Pedersen in center field flanked by Ethier and either Scott Van Slyke or Alex Guerrero in the corners.

Crawford is off to a slow start, hitting .245 with a 10/1 K/BB ratio and .668 OPS and zero steals through 15 games.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.