Breaking: Ryne Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager

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Ryne Sandberg has resigned as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies have named third base coach Pete Mackanin as interim manager.

Sandberg was hired late in the 2013 season, taking over for Charlie Manuel, as the Phillies missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. Since that time things have only gotten worse, with the Phillies finishing at 73-89 in both 2013 and 2014 and with them off to a 26-48 start this year, which is the worst mark in baseball. They are 119-159 under Sandberg overall.

Before he was hired, Sandberg was considered a rising managerial star. Unlike so many ex-players who have recently transitioned to managing with little or no experience, Sandberg spent six years managing in the minors, primarily in the Chicago Cubs’ system. He was thought to be in-line to become the next Cubs manager, but when Lou Piniella retired following the 2010 season the organization gave the job to Mike Quade. Sandberg, understandably miffed, left to join the Phillies where he led their Triple-A club for two years before becoming the Phillies’ third base coach in 2013. Charlie Manuel was fired on August 16, 2013 and Sandberg ascended.

Now, stating that the Phillies did not pressure him into resigning but, rather, he “hate[s] to lose,” and that he “felt it was better now than later, for myself, my family and the organization,” Sandberg has stepped down.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.