Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays pitcher Anthony Banda will undergo Tommy John surgery and will likely not return to action until the 2020 season.
Banda, 24, was acquired by the Rays in the three-team trade with the Diamondbacks that also involved the Yankees. The lefty pitched in three games in the majors this season, giving up six runs on 12 hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings. He spent most of his season with Triple-A Durham, posting a 3.64 ERA with 49 strikeouts and 18 walks in 42 innings.
Banda is the third Rays pitcher to need Tommy John surgery this season, joining Brent Honeywell and Jose De Leon. Jake Faria will also be out until late July due to an oblique strain and Chris Archer has been dealing with a groin injury. It’s been a rough year for Rays pitchers.
Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that former Yankees manager Joe Girardi took himself out of the running for the Reds’ and Rangers’ managerial openings. The “industry speculation” is that Girardi is waiting a year for a potential opening to manage the Cubs.
Current Cubs manager Joe Maddon has one more year left on his contract. While the Cubs have played quite well under his tenure, the front office and Maddon haven’t had any discussions about an extension, which means 2019 might be his final year with the club. Under Maddon’s leadership since 2015, the Cubs won the championship in 2016 and compiled a 387-261 (.597) record during the regular season.
Girardi, 54, spent his first four seasons in the majors with the Cubs and another three towards the end of his career. He managed the Marlins for one year in 2006, then managed the Yankees from 2008-17, leading them to a World Series in ’09 and an overall regular season record of 910-710 (.562).