Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported today that the Jays “seem destined to move on” from manager Gibbons. Gibbons is under contract through 2019 with a 2020 team option, so if Rosenthal is right, that “moving on” would be a firing, not a simple matter of not extending a contract offer.
Gibbons is in his second stint as the Jays’ manager. His first term went from 2004 through the middle of the 2008 season. He was rehired before the 2013 season. At the moment Toronto holds a 51-60 record, which puts them a whopping 27 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. The club is poised for a rebuild.
Rosenthal reported over the weekend that Angels manager Mike Scioscia was going to step down from his longtime position following the season. Scioscia denied that report, calling it “poppycock.” I guess we’ll hear later today whether Gibbons has any views on Rosenthal’s reporting.
The lineups for the Red Sox-Yankees game for this evening were just released and, lo and behold, Aaron Judge is back in it for the Yankees. He’ll be batting second and playing right field.
Judge was activated four days ago but had been limited to defense and base running. As of yesterday signs pointed to him not hitting today, but he took swings in a simulated game for the second straight day today — taking advantage of the previously-scheduled day game being moved to this evening — and things must’ve gone well.
Judge has been out since late July due to a fractured wrist suffered when he was hit by a fastball from Royals pitcher Jakob Junis. He has taken longer than expected to recover from the injury and the Yankees have felt his absence as he was hitting .285/.398/.548 with 26 home runs and 61 RBI in 447 plate appearances when he went down and no one has, obviously, been able to replace his production.
Now he’s back to help the Yankees fend off the A’s for the top Wild Card spot.