MLB notes: Francona in line for Angels job?

Terry Francona was fired as Boston Red Sox manager after the 2011 season. (REUTERS)

Terry Francona was fired as Boston Red Sox manager after the 2011 season. (REUTERS)

QMI AGENCY

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Mickey Hatcher is out as the Los Angeles Angels hitting coach -- could manager Mike Scioscia be next?

And is Terry Francona waiting in the wings?

Hatcher, who had been on the job for almost 13 years with the Angels, was fired Tuesday night, taking the fall for a highly paid team that was 27th in the majors in on-base percentage and flailing in the AL West standings.

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told ESPN's Jim Bowden on Wednesday that Albert Pujols, who has struggled mightily since signing a $240-million contract with the Angels during the off-season, did not have any input in the firing.

Bowden, a former general manager of the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals, said the firing puts Scioscia on notice that he is on a short leash.

"The bullet-proof vest of Mike Scioscia is off and if this team doesn't turn it around by August don't be surprised if Terry Francona ... is managing the Angels," Bowden said on ESPN Radio.

Hatcher and Scioscia, former teammates with the Los Angeles Dodgers, arrived in Anaheim together for the 2000 season.

Jim Eppard, a long-time hitting coach at triple-A Salt Lake, was promoted to replace Hatcher.

Francona was fired as Boston Red Sox manager after the 2011 season.

WORLEY ELBOWED ASIDE

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Vance Worley was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of an inflamed right elbow.

The 24-year-old managed to compile a 3-2 record with a 3.07 earned-run average through his first seven starts, despite feeling discomfort in the elbow for the past month.

The move is retroactive to May 12.

Kyle Kendrick, who is 0-3 with a 7.32 ERA, will take Worley's spot in the rotation.

The Phillies recalled left-hander Joe Savery from triple-A Lehigh Valley.

BAY WATCH

Left fielder Jason Bay will get his job back when he returns from the disabled list despite fill-in Kirk Nieuwenhuis playing well in his absence, New York Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Collins told the New York Daily News that Bay "absolutely" will be a starter because "he didn't come here to be an extra player."

Bay hasn't played since April 23 because of a fractured rib and no date has been set for his return.

Nieuwenhuis, 24, entered play Wednesday night with a .294 average, two homers and 12 RBI.

Bay, a 33-year-old from Trail, B.C., was hitting .240 with three homers and five RBI before he got hurt.

BRIEFLY

The New York Mets will be host of the 2013 all-star game at Citi Field, MLB confirmed Wednesday. The Mets haven't been host of the annual game since 1964 -- Shea Stadium's first year. Kansas City is the host of this year's game, and the 2014 game is expected to be played at Target Field in Minneapolis ... Kevin Hickey, a former pitcher with the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles, died Wednesday at age 56.

The cause of death wasn't disclosed. The left-hander made 231 relief appearances, compiling a 9-14 record, 17 saves and a 3.91 earned-run average. The Chicago native had worked since 2004 as a batting practice pitcher with the White Sox ... Alex Presley, who opened the season as the Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder, has been demoted to triple-A. The 26-year-old was hitting just .220.


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