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Clint Hurdle, Pirates agree to a four-year extension

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Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates and manager Clint Hurdle have agreed to a four-year contract extension. He’ll remain with the Buccos through the 2021 season. His current contract was to end this year, though there was a 2018 team option.

Hurdle has been with the Pirates since 2011 and has gone 574-534. When he took over, the Pirates hadn’t had a winning season in 19 years. They won 94 games in his third season at the helm and 98 two seasons after that. They’ve won the Wild Card three times in their seven seasons, losing in the Division Series in 2013 and losing in the Wild Card game in 2014 and 2015. Hurdle won the Manager of the Year Award in 2013.

Here are Hurdle’s comments about the extension:

“I’m going to wait on the organization to get everything they need to get in place. I’ve made it clear from the beginning that a contract would work out when it was meant to work out. I love working here. I love working in this organization. I’m proud to be a Pirate, have been proud to be a Pirate. I want to do everything I can to get an opportunity to continue to move forward and bring a world championship to this city. The players in there, we’re in a good place. The staff in there, we’re in a good place. It would be humbling.”

Noah Syndergaard to disabled list due to hand, foot, and mouth disease

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MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that Mets starter Noah Syndergaard will be placed on the 10-day disabled list because he contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease. The ailment is more common in children than adults and is caused by Coxsackievirus A16 or Enterovirus 71. According to James Wagner of the New York Times, it is believed that Syndergaard picked up hand, foot, and mouth disease working at a youth camp during the All-Star break.

Syndergaard, 25, started on Friday. He pitched well but lasted only five innings, throwing 84 pitches, because he had diminished velocity and felt tired. He yielded a run on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts. It was his second start since returning from a DL stint (strained ligament in right index finger) that kept him out between May 26 and July 12.

The Mets expect Syndergaard to need only the minimum 10 days to recover. Corey Oswalt will temporarily take Syndergaard’s spot in the rotation.

In 13 starts this season, Syndergaard owns a 2.89 ERA with 83 strikeouts and 15 walks in 74 2/3 innings.