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Angels hire Astros’ Doug White to be pitching coach

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Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reports that the Angels have hired Doug White as their new pitching coach.

White was the bullpen coach of the Houston Astros in 2018 and was a minor league instructor in their system for several years before that. He will now join Brad Ausmus’ new staff in Anaheim, replacing Charles Nagy, who was dismissed today.

The Angels pitching staff, overall, was in the middle of the pack in the American League in 2018 which, given the amount of pitching injuries they had was actually a pretty good showing. There will be additional challenges in 2019, of course, as they will be without Shohei Ohtani due to his Tommy John surgery and stand to lose Garret Richards via free agency as well.

Rays place Austin Meadows on 10-day injured list with thumb sprain

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Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.

Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.

Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.

In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.