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Derek Jeter reverses course on Jeff Conine, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez and Jack McKeon firings

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A couple of weeks ago Derek Jeter, then not yet officially the Marlins owner, had outgoing team president David Samson fire Marlins special assistants Jeff Conine, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez and Jack McKeon. He caught a lot of heat for that, just as much for his indirect handling of the situation as for the act of dismissing them itself.

Now, however, he seems to have changed course. Jon Heyman reports:

In his first apparent course-reversal in his new high-profile role, new Miami Marlins CEO/part-owner Derek Jeter personally has reached out to the four esteemed Marlins front office members he reportedly ordered fired – Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, Mr. Marlin Jeff Conine and the Marlins’ octogenarian, World Series-winning manager Jack McKeon – and informed them he didn’t really intend to fire them and that he’d be interested in retaining all four with the team in some unidentified role.

Jeter claims that the whole thing was a misunderstanding, but Heyman walks through it all, clearly talking to one of the four men who was fired, though he doesn’t name his sources, and clearly establishing that Jeter just changed his mind. Whether it was on his own or because he was reacting to the heat it unclear. And now probably doesn’t matter.

 

Phillies pause Jerad Eickhoff’s rehab

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Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season as he suffered a lat injury in mid-March and has been on the disabled list since. He started a rehab stint in the minors last week, making a start for Double-A Reading on May 15 and another start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.

Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports that Eickhoff went a twinge in the fingertips of his right index and middle fingers late in Sunday’s outing after throwing a curve and on the subsequent pitch. The Phillies have paused Eickhoff’s rehab as a result and will evaluate him further.

Eickhoff went on the disabled list in late August last year due to nerve irritation in his right hand, so this latest setback could be related to that.

Eickhoff showed promise early in his career, posting a combined 3.44 ERA in 41 starts between 2015-16. He struggled to a 4.71 ERA last year before ending his season early with the nerve issue. Eickhoff was one of the many prospects the Phillies got from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade.