Braves extend Fredi Gonzalez through 2016


Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was in the last year of his deal. And, stuck with a rebuild and a team going nowhere, the chances of him winning for the rest of the year are slim. It’s enough to make one worry about their job security.

He need worry no more. Or at least for a year or so:

Eh, why not? Fredi’s presence is not keeping this team from winning or losing. He’s not a great tactician and drives me crazy in that regard, but he’s liked by his players and doesn’t cause problems. Call me back when the Braves are in a playoff race in which any given call to the bullpen or call for a bunt could cost them something real. For now though there’s no harm in keeping Fredi around.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.