Mike Leake on schedule to return from the disabled list and start on Tuesday

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Giants starter Mike Leake is on schedule to return from the disabled list and start against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday, Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Leake has been sidelined since August 3 due to a strained left hamstring suffered after his Giants debut on August 2 against the Rangers. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Leake came over to the Giants from the Reds in a trade on July 30 that sent first baseman Adam Duvall and minor league pitcher Keury Mella to Cincinnati. Prior to the trade, Leake had made 21 starts for the Reds, posting a 3.56 ERA with a 90/34 K/BB ratio in 136 2/3 innings.

Leake, 27, will be eligible for free agency after the season. He’s earning $9.775 million for the 2015 season.

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.