Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. takes BP, MacKenzie Gore to IL

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DETROIT — Fernando Tatis Jr. is back in the batter’s box, and the San Diego Padres’ $340 million star could face live pitching later this week.

Tatis took batting practice with teammates before Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, his first rounds with the club since breaking his left wrist in spring training.

The Padres also announced Tuesday that young left-hander MacKenzie Gore had been placed on the 15-day injured list with left elbow inflammation.

The 23-year-old Tatis is expected to begin facing live pitching later this week, then begin a minor league rehab assignment before eventually making his season debut with the big league team.

Tatis looked well Tuesday and hit several balls into the left-field stands.

“It felt normal,” he said.

Tatis hit .282 with 42 homers last season, finishing third in NL MVP voting despite missing time with left shoulder injuries. He signed a $340 million, 14-year deal with San Diego prior to the 2021 season.

Gore was pulled from a relief outing Monday at Detroit, when his fastball velocity was down more than 2 mph from his season average.

A first-round draft pick in 2017, Gore (4-4, 4.50 ERA) had ranked among the game’s top pitching prospects but didn’t debut in the majors until this season. He was exceptional early in the year, going 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his first nine games, including eight starts.

Monday was his second straight outing out of the bullpen after San Diego transitioned from a six-man rotation to a five-man staff. Gore’s 70 innings pitched this season are already 19 2/3 more than he threw in 2021, and he was on pace to far exceed his career high in the minors of 101 innings.

Gore’s name had been mentioned in trade speculation ahead of next Tuesday’s deadline, in particular if the Padres took a run at Washington Nationals star outfielder Juan Soto.

Relief pitcher Dinelson Lamet was recalled from Triple-A El Paso to take Gore’s place.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.