Pitching coach Mike Maddux and the Rangers parted ways last week after seven years together and Texas has decided on a replacement, with Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reporting that it’ll likely be Astros Double-A pitching coach Doug Brocail.
Brocail pitched 15 seasons in the majors, including two years with the Rangers as a middle reliever. He was the Astros’ pitching coach from mid-2011 to 2013, shifted into a front office role for 2014, and coached at Double-A this year.
Maddux expressed interest in staying with Texas, but told the team he wanted to test the open market to see his other options and the Rangers decided to move on.
Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos could join the team in Wednesday for the last game of the club’s two-game set against the Red Sox, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Manager Gabe Kapler said, “Nothing is off the table.”
Ramos has been on a rehab assignment with Advanced-A Clearwater, recovering from a strained left hamstring he suffered just ahead of the All-Star break when he was with the Rays. The Phillies acquired him on July 31 prior to the non-waiver trade deadline for a player to be named later.
Prior to the injury, Ramos was batting a healthy .297/.346/.488 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 315 plate appearances. His arrival will likely mean back-up catcher Andrew Knapp gets sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ramos could also draw the lion’s share of the playing time behind the plate, bumping first-string catcher Jorge Alfaro down on the depth chart.