Don Mattingly is in the final year of his four-year contract with the Miami Marlins. The Miami Marlins are mortal locks to finish in last place for the second straight year. Is he coming back?
Derek Jeter dials up cliches 34(A)-37(B) from the Great Cliche Manuel and tells the Associated press that he’s not yet decided:
“There hasn’t been a decision yet,” Jeter said before Miami hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. “To be honest with you, we’ve been so focused on the trade deadline and see what we could do with it.”
“At the end of every year, we sit down and evaluate all members of the organization, whether it’s the manager, coaches, player development, scouting, front office,” he said.
What, you were expecting him to say something of substance?
Jeter did say that Mattingly has “done a good job,” in light of the complete tear-down rebuild the team has embarked upon over the past two years. For his part, Mattingly said he’d like to come back. Still, Mattingly was hired by the previous ownership group, and inherited managers tend not to last long under new regimes. That may not have mattered much as the team has tanked for the past two seasons, but once the corner is turned on the rebuild, one would assume Jeter would want his own guy in place.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.