Update (6:23 PM EDT): It’s official. Ventura has stepped down as manager of the White Sox, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the White Sox will meet with manager Robin Ventura on Sunday evening. Ventura intends to resign, but the White Sox will try to change his mind. Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Saturday that the two sides are likely to end things amicably, and the White Sox intend to hire bench coach Rick Renteria as the new manager on Monday.
The White Sox enter the final day of the regular season with a 78-83 record, a disappointing finish considering the club jumped out to a 23-10 record by mid-May. That was on the heels of an offseason in which the club brought in Todd Frazier then acquired James Shields in early June.
Under Ventura’s leadership, the White Sox went 375-434 (.463) which included a second-place finish in 2012 followed by a fifth-place finish and three fourth-place finishes. The White Sox have now gone eight seasons without making the postseason.
Renteria had been a coach in the Padres’ organization since 2003 and was promoted to bench coach in 2011. He left after the 2013 season. Renteria has one year of managing under his belt, leading the Cubs to a 73-89 fifth-place finish in 2014. The White Sox hired him as a bench coach ahead of the 2016 season.
Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.
“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.
He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.
“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”
Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.
“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.
“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”
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