Diamondbacks hitting coach Turner Ward never signed the contract he was offered in early October and Tuesday he informed the team he was leaving after three years on the job.
Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that a very “emotional” Ward called him to break the news, saying:
From what I understand, it’s strictly a baseball decision. He’s still going to be in the game. I think he might have a better opportunity somewhere else.
Piecoro notes that if Ward had signed the contract last month he would have had to get permission to speak to other teams, so clearly he was planning an exit to at least some extent.
Arizona ranked second among NL teams in runs scored this year and hitters like Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, and David Peralta have thrived working with Ward.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson and Tommy Kahnle appear set to rejoin the New York Yankees ahead of their series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots, saying that infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero had been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook after a 1-0 loss at Seattle.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton potentially returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.