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An All-Star with Oakland in 2015 (8th Nov 18 at 6:58am UTC)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo indicated during a session with reporters Wednesday that first-year manager Dave Martinez will return next season.“I haven’t considered any other scenario http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-rod-carew-jersey ,” Rizzo responded when asked if Martinez would be back.The Nationals, expected to contend for a third straight NL East title, entered Wednesday with a 69-70 record, 7 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the East and eight games back in the wild card.In addition to injuries to players including Daniel Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg and Sean Doolittle, Martinez’s work as a rookie skipper has come under scrutiny.“I think Davey’s doing a great job in managing this team,” Rizzo said. “He’s managed them through a lot of trials and tribulations that a lot of first-year managers haven’t had to go through, and to have a team playing with the exuberance and energy level that they’re playing at at this point I think is a testament to Davey and the staff and the way that they feel about him in the clubhouse.”The 53-year-old Martinez was the Chicago Cubs bench coach before he signed a three-year contract with the Nationals in October 2017. Martinez replaced veteran manager Dusty Baker, who went 192-132 in two seasons with Washington, but was unable to win a postseason series either year.This year’s team was 33-22 after winning their sixth straight game on May 30. They haven’t won as many as four in a row since. Both the Braves and second-place Philadelphia have played sub-.500 baseball since Aug. 15, but the Nationals have failed to make a big move, going 9-9.“We thought all along we had a chance to catch those teams,” Rizzo said http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-nolan-ryan-jersey , “and if we played the way we’re supposed to be playing that we’d have an opportunity to make this a race and it’s frustrating that we haven’t put anything together to really push them to the limits that we thought we should.”The Nationals stood pat at the July trade deadline and Rizzo expressed confidence in the team as constituted, but a run did not materialize and the team has since traded away a number of veterans, among them Murphy, Matt Adams, Ryan Madson and Gio Gonzalez, saving significant payroll dollars.Outfielder Bryce Harper, who entered Wednesday with 31 homers and 89 RBIs, will be a free agent after this season and third baseman Anthony Rendon’s turn will come after next season.“If we have or we haven’t, we’re certainly not going to discuss it in this venue,” Rizzo said when asked if he’s made an effort to sign the pair to long-term contracts. “Suffice it to say both of those guys are near and dear to our heart and we’d love to have them long-term.” NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees star shortstop Didi Gregorius needs Tommy John surgery on his right elbow after injuring himself making a throw in Boston during the AL Division Series, and there’s no telling exactly when he’ll be able to play again.General manager Brian Cashman said Friday that Gregorius will be out “until sometime next summer.” Cashman said the team will have a better idea about his return after surgery, which hasn’t yet been scheduled.The surprise announcement at Yankee Stadium led to immediate speculation the team might eventually make a big move to fill the void — pursuit of All-Star infielder and free agent-to-be Manny Machado, now in the NL playoffs with the Los Angeles Dodgers.In the meantime, second baseman Gleyber Torres is the Yankees’ top internal solution at shortstop Cameron Maybin Jersey , Cashman said.“The best option is Didi,” Cashman said. “We’ll wait on him.”The 28-year-old Gregorius is the anchor of the Yankees’ infield, popular with his teammates and a fan favorite.Gregorius broke his own club record for home runs by a shortstop by hitting 27 this year. He batted .268 with 86 RBIs. He is eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.“We are optimistic he’ll play a lot of the season with us,” manager Aaron Boone said.The Tommy John surgery to replace an elbow ligament is much more common for pitchers than position players. Minnesota third baseman Miguel Sano missed the 2014 season as a top-rated minor league prospect, made his debut in the majors the next year and was an All-Star in 2017.The Yankees said Gregorius was hurt last week making a throw from left field after a ball bounced off the Green Monster against the Red Sox — there was such a play in Game 2. Cashman said Gregorius reported a problem with his elbow after getting hurt.Gregorius played the rest of the series, finishing 3 for 14 (.214) as the Red Sox eliminated the Yankees in four games. Cashman said he grew more concerned after seeing Gregorius bounce two throws to first base in Game 4 Tuesday night — “un-Didi-like,” Cashman said.An MRI on Thursday revealed the tear. Cashman said the Yankees were aware Gregorius had a partial tear in the same elbow when they got him from Arizona in a three-team in December 2014.“You never get a clean bill of health,” Cashman said. “It’s the norm that players have underlying issues that may declare themselves, or not.”The throw last week “was the finishing off of something that was a sleeping giant,” he said.Gregorius tore cartilage in his right wrist making a head-first slide home against Baltimore on Sept. 22 and missed time. Gregorius returned late in the season and started in the AL wild-card win over Oakland. Cashman said he had no reason to think the slide contributed to Gregorius’ elbow trouble.Boone and Cashman had previously been scheduled to speak Friday at Yankee Stadium to wrap up the season. In other news:—Pitcher CC Sabathia had cleanup surgery on his right knee earlier in the day. He’s had surgery on the same knee in the past, and been slowed by trouble there in the past. The 38-year-old lefty was 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts this year, but struggled in Game 4 of the playoffs. Sabathia is expected to be fine for the start of spring training. He’s eligible for free agency, and Cashman said the Yankees haven’t held their organizational meetings to map out the future.—Pitcher Sonny Gray appears on his way out of the Bronx. An All-Star with Oakland in 2015, he’s just 15-16 with a 4.51 ERA since the A’s traded him to New York on July 31 http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-reggie-jackson-jersey , 2017. The Yankees tried changing catchers to help Gray, but the 28-year-old righty still lost his spot in the rotation.“Probably best to try this somewhere else,” Cashman said. “Someone, if they trade for him, is going to get the player we wanted. It just hasn’t worked out here.”—Boone said the team would work with pitcher Luis Severino to help him avoid tipping pitches. The problem, the manager said, will “pop up from time to time.” A two-time All-Star, the 24-year-old righty went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA, but was hit hard by Boston in Game 3.—Boone, in his first season as a manager, and Cashman said they saw a lot to like in a club that went 100-62. But seeing the rival Red Sox clinch the AL East at Yankee Stadium and then watching them the ALDS in the Bronx left a sour taste. “Hate losing. Hate losing to those guys,” Cashman said.
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