Ryan Madson hit the disabled list Sunday with a pectoral strain, so the Nationals added an arm for their bullpen Monday by calling up left-hander Tim Collins from Triple-A Syracuse.
This will be Collins first stint in the majors since way back in 2014 with the Royals. He’s undergone a pair of Tommy John surgeries since. It’s pretty cool to see him finally make it back to the majors, even if it’s just on a fill-in basis.
You might remember Collins best for fitting his entire body inside one of Jonathon Broxton‘s pant legs (seriously, look at the photo), but the 5-foot-7 lefty was an effective pitcher in the Royals’ bullpen for a good stretch. The 28-year-old holds a 3.54 ERA with 220 strikeouts over 211 innings in the majors.
Collins posted a 3.63 ERA and 20/9 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A prior to the call-up.
The Cubs announced on Monday afternoon that Anthony Iapoce will take over as the new hitting coach.
Chili Davis was fired as the Cubs’ hitting coach last week. As noted, the Cubs’ offense regressed in a few areas, notably in the power department. Additionally, the offense in general waned as the season went on, which opened up the door for the Brewers to challenge for the NL Central title.
Iapoce, 45, spent the last three years as the Rangers’ hitting coach. The Cubs point out that the Rangers’ offense made great strides in 2017 thanks in part to Iapoce. They are no doubt hoping he can bring the same magic to Chicago. Iapoce was the Cubs’ special assistant to the GM for the three seasons before joining the Rangers.
Though he never made it to the majors, Iapoce did spend time in the Brewers’ minor league system from 1994-2003 and another two in the independent Northern League in 2004-05.