Back in February White Sox prospect Jake Burger tore his left Achilles tendon running out a ground ball against Oakland in a spring training game. It was a tough blow for Burger, who was the Sox’ first round draft pick last year. Though he was not expected to make his big league debut this season, he is projected to be White Sox’ future third baseman. The February injury meant that he was going to miss the entire 2018 season.
Now it’s possible that the timetable will be pushed back even more than it had been in the first place: Burger has torn his Achilles again, this time by merely walking around in his back yard. Which, my God, that has to be dispiriting.
Burger only has 51 pro games under his belt, all in 2017. Now he’s going to have to do all he can to get action in 2019. Tough break.
Former MLB player and manager Brad Ausmus will manage the Angels in 2019, the team announced Sunday. His contract will extend through the 2021 season, though it’s not clear whether a club option exists for 2022. A formal press conference will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM PDT to introduce the new skipper.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler gave a statement following Ausmus’ hiring:
Ausmus, 49, was also considered for a managerial role with the Reds prior to their hiring of David Bell on Sunday. He’ll replace longtime manager Mike Scioscia, who finished his 19th and final campaign with the club on the last day of the 2018 season.
A former catcher and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Ausmus capped his 18-year MLB playing career in 2010. He managed the Tigers from 2014 to 2017, during which he guided the club to a 314-332 record and a postseason berth in 2014. After the Tigers declined to offer the skipper an extension in 2018, he was hired as a special assistant to the Angels’ general manager, and remained in that role for the duration of the regular season.