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Tigers fire pitching coach Chris Bosio over racially charged comments

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Update: Bosio’s comments were “racially charged,” according to WXYZ in Detroit.

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The Detroit Tigers have just issued a press release saying that they have fired pitching coach Chris Bosio, citing “insensitive comments that violated Club policy and his Uniform Employee Contract.” The comments are not specified, but I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about them later. Jason Beck reports that the comments were made to a team employee.

Bosio was just hired last October. Before that he had been the Chicago Cubs’ pitching coach since 2012. He was fired last year after Cubs manager Joe Maddon reportedly grew displeased with him, again, for unspecified reasons.

There will obviously be more to come on this.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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