Tim Cooney gets first shot at replacing Adam Wainwright in Cardinals’ starting rotation

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As first reported Tuesday by beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have settled on 24-year-old left-hander Tim Cooney as Adam Wainwright’s replacement in their starting rotation. At least for now. Cooney will be called up from Triple-A Memphis on Thursday and debut in an afternoon matinee against the visiting Phillies.

Wainwright suffered a torn Achilles tendon during an at-bat Saturday in Milwaukee and will be sidelined for 9-12 months. Marco Gonzales and Jaime Garcia were both vying for rotation spots this spring, but they’re both currently sidelined with shoulder issues.

Gonzales should be ready sometime in mid-May and will presumably get the call if Cooney isn’t working out.

Cooney, a third-round pick in 2012 out of Wake Forest University, has registered a decent 3.50 ERA and 324 strikeouts across 385 1/3 career minor league innings.

Brad Ausmus interviewing for Astros manager job

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I did the Handsome Managers list in December. Thought I had moved on. Thought I’d never have to think about him again. But here is, walking right back in my door: Brad Ausmus is interviewing for the vacant Astros manager job. So reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Ausmus played for the Astros longer than he played for any other team in the bigs, notching ten years of service in two stints and playing on the 2005 NL Pennant-winning club. As a manager, you know, that he led the Tigers for four seasons and was the Angels’ skipper last year.

Houston has already interviewed Dusty Baker for the job. They’ll presumably want someone in place before spring training begins in a few weeks.