According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Diamondbacks are set to interview Red Sox’ bench coach Torey Lovullo and ESPN analyst, broadcast, and former major leaguer Alex Cora for an open managerial position.
Lovullo has been the clear favorite for the position since it became available, with extensive experience as a minor league infield coach and manager and major league coach for the Indians, Blue Jays and Red Sox from 2001 through 2016.
Unlike Lovullo, Cora has no experience managing or coaching in the major or minor league circuits, but worked as the GM of the Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Baseball League. He is also the current GM for the Puerto Rico national baseball team, which is expected to compete during the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Both Lovullo and Cora have been targeted by multiple major league teams for managerial openings in past seasons.
The Diamondbacks are expected to talk to at least 3-5 more candidates about the position before making a decision.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
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.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton 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.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.