The Nationals’ bullpen crisis continues apace: today they placed Kelvin Herrera on the 10-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff impingement.
Herrera suffered the injury in a ninth-inning appearance last night against the Braves and is probably looking at much longer than 10 days on the shelf. Ryan Madson figures to handle the majority of save chances for the Nationals going forward, as Sean Doolittle is still rehabbing a foot injury. Greg Holland was just signed, but it’s unclear what level of leverage work he’ll see. And, as we’ve noted several times recently, Brandon Kintzer and Shawn Kelley were recently shipped out because of perceived character and attitude reasons. So that’s nice.
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).