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David Robertson to undergo season-ending surgery

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Phillies reliever David Robertson will not pitch again this season, The Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro reports, as the right-hander is expected to undergo surgery to repair his right flexor tendon. Robertson may need to undergo Tommy John surgery as well.

Robertson, 34, signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Phillies in January. He appeared in seven games before landing on the injured list in mid-April where he’s been ever since. Robertson allowed four runs on eight hits and six walks with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

If Robertson needs to undergo Tommy John surgery, there’s a high likelihood he won’t be able to pitch at all in 2020. The Phillies do hold a club option for his 2021 season at $12 million with a $2 million buyout.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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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.