Brandon Morrow will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

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Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Padres starter Brandon Morrow has elected to undergo surgery on his right shoulder, a procedure which will end his season. Morrow met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache earlier this week and was diagnosed with an impingement in his shoulder, the same diagnosis he got from Dr. Heinz Hoenecke previously.

Morrow, 31, made only five starts for the Padres this season, compiling a 2.73 ERA with a 23/7 K/BB ratio over 33 innings. He signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the club in December. His next contract will likely be of the minor league variety. Morrow has made 20-plus starts in a season only three times since debuting in 2007.

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.