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Yankees expect Giancarlo Stanton to return in September

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Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the club expects outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to come off of the injured list in September.

Stanton, 29, has been out since late June due to a PCL strain in his right knee. He has played in just nine games total this season as he missed two and a half months earlier in the season with a calf injury. In those nine games, Stanton went 9-for-31 with a double, a home run, seven walks, seven RBI, and nine runs scored.

The 81-41 Yankees have gotten by with Mike Tauchman and Cameron Maybin in left field as well as Brett Gardner. Tauchman and Maybin have both performed excellently. If that remains the case, it will be interesting to see how the Yankees choose to make room on the roster for another outfielder when Stanton is ready to return.

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.