MLB notes: Cubs fire GM Hendry

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, Last Updated: 8:26 PM ET

Long-time Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry was fired by the National League team Friday.

Hendry was shown the door after 17 years with the team, the third-longest stretch in franchise history, because the Cubs weren't winning enough. During his time as GM, the Cubs went 749-748 but this season are in fourth place with a 54-70 record going into Friday's game.

"We didn't win enough games," Hendry said at a news conference at Wrigley Field. "You don't win enough games, you can't fight change."

Randy Bush, the Cubs' assistant GM the last five seasons, has been promoted on an interim basis even though he isn't a candidate for the permanent job. Chairman Tom Ricketts said the team will instead hire someone from outside the organization.

"I just believe that by bringing in new leadership for the baseball organization, we'll get some different perspectives and maybe some different ideas of where to go in the future," Ricketts said.

Hendry, 56, joined the Cubs in 1994 as director of player development. He was named GM in July 2002.

Top prospect hurt

Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper is likely headed to the disabled list after getting hurt in a minor-league game.

The 18-year-old outfielder, considered one of the best prospects in MLB, injured his right hamstring Thursday while playing for double-A Harrisburg. After going from first to third during the game against Akron, Harper needed to be helped off the field.

Harper, the first overall pick in 2010, is expected to be put on the seven-day DL but could be shut down for the season if he doesn't show rapid improvement. He's hitting .297 with 17 home runs and 58 RBI in a season split between Harrisburg and single-A Hagerstown.

Tabata, Pirates close

The Pittsburgh Pirates are close to signing outfielder Jose Tabata to a six-year contract, according to a report on ESPN Deportes.

Tabata, 23, is a career .285 hitter and has eight homers, 52 RBI and 33 stolen bases in 175 big-league games. He isn't arbitration-eligible until 2014.

After missing six weeks with a quadriceps injury, Tabata was activated off the DL on Tuesday.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that second baseman Neil Walker is also in line for a long-term contract similar to any deal Tabata gets.

Line drives

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, put on the DL Tuesday, won't have surgery on his right shoulder. After meeting with orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum, Davis opted to continue with rehab his injured labrum and rotator cuff ... Florida Marlins reliever Randy Choate has been shut down, likely for the season. Choate was put on the DL with elbow imflammation and doesn't expect to pitch again until 2012 ... Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been cleared to resume baseball activities, just three days after being put on the DL with a fractured wrist. Pierzynski is aiming for a Sept. 1 return ... Pitchers Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers have been put on waivers by the Houston Astros, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. The move opens the door for the two to be traded before the end of August ... The New York Yankees claimed lefty Aaron Laffey off waivers from the Seattle Mariners, put starter Freddy Garcia on the DL retroactive to Aug. 8 and designated catcher Gustavo Molina for assignment, according to the New York Daily News ... White Sox pitcher Philip Humber was put on the 15-day DL after being hit just above the right eye by a Kosuke Fukudome line drive during Thursday's game against the Cleveland Indians. Righty Josh Kinney was called up from triple-A Charlotte to take Humber's spot on the staff ... The Tampa Bay Rays activated catcher John Jaso from the DL and optioned catcher Robinson Chirinos to triple-A Durham ... San Francisco Giants catcher Eli Whiteside was put on the seven-day DL due to a concussion and recalled Hector Sanchez from triple-A Fresno to fill the roster spot ... Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went on the DL with a strained right hamstring.


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