The Washington Nationals placed third baseman Anthony Rendon on the 10-day injured list with a left elbow contusion Tuesday. The move is retroactive to Saturday.
Rendon was hit by a pitch against the Marlins ten days ago. He missed four games, then tried to go again on Friday but that didn’t work out for him, and then he missed the next three games. At this point the Nats are playing shorthanded and Rendon obviously needs some more time to heal, so onto the shelf he goes.
Rendon has, by far, been the Nats best hitter so far this year, posting a line of .356/.442/.740 with six homers and 18 driven in 20 games. Dan Jennings will take his place on the active roster. Howie Kendrick will continue to get most of the starts at third in Rendon’s absence.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.