Andrew McCutchen to miss remainder of season with torn ACL

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. McCutchen suffered the injury after getting caught in a run-down in the first inning of Monday’s game against the Padres.

McCutchen, 32, signed a three-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies in December. He was performing quite well atop the Phillies’ lineup, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs, 29 RBI, and a league-best 43 walks in 262 plate appearances.

McCutchen joins fellow outfielders Roman Quinn and Dylan Cozens (also out for the season) on the injured list. Odúbel Herrera is on administrative leave due to a domestic violence incident, so the Phillies are quite short on outfielders. The club acquired Jay Bruce over the weekend. Prospect Adam Haseley will make his major league debut on Tuesday, batting eighth and playing center field against the Padres.

The Phillies, currently on a five-game losing streak, enter Tuesday’s action just a half-game ahead of the Braves in first place in the NL East.

Giants hire Gabe Kapler as new manager

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The Giants announced on Tuesday the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager. Kapler, filling the extremely large shoes of future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy, inked a three-year deal, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Kapler was one of three finalists for the job, beating out Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quataro.

Following his 12-year playing career, Kapler was a coach for Israel’s team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier. He then became an analyst for FS1 before joining the Dodgers’ front office as the director of player development in November 2014. He was involved in three scandals there: one in which he tried to handle a sexual assault incident involving two Dodgers minor league players without telling police, one in which he allegedly discriminated against Nick Francona, a veteran and former baseball operations employee, and an incident that implicated most of the Dodgers’ front office concerning the recruiting of international free agents. The Dodgers reportedly kept a spreadsheet of employees and their level of criminality.

Despite Kapler’s background, the Phillies hired him as their manager ahead of the 2018 season. He would lead the Phillies to an 80-82 record that year and then helped them improve by one game in 2019, finishing at exactly .500 before being fired. Kapler’s tenure in Philly was tumultuous, often drawing ire from the local media and subsequently the fan base for not being tough enough on his players. The Phillies also reportedly had a clubhouse issue in 2018 in which players were playing video games in the clubhouse during games, prompting Carlos Santana to smash a TV with a bat.

Kapler has a history with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations. They worked together in the Dodgers’ front office as Zaidi served as GM from November 2014-18.