MLB notes: All-star managers unveil coaching staff for game

John Farrell and Mike Matheny announced their coaches for the 85th All-Star Game. (REUTERS)

John Farrell and Mike Matheny announced their coaches for the 85th All-Star Game. (REUTERS)

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National League All-Star manager Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals and American League All-Star manager John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox announced Wednesday their coaches for the 85th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15th at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins.

Matheny named managers Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves and Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates to represent the National League.

Hurdle was an NL coach under Jack McKeon at the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston, while Gonzalez was a member of Tony La Russa's staff at the 2007 All-Star Game in San Francisco.

Matheny's Cardinals staff -- bench coach Mike Aldrete, bullpen coach Blaise Ilsley, pitching coach Derek Lilliquist, hitting coach John Mabry, first base coach Chris Maloney, third base coach Jose Oquendo and bullpen catcher/instructor Jamie Pogue -- will assist with batting practice and other field duties. Greg Hauck, athletic trainer of the Cardinals, and Ben Potenziano, assistant athletic trainer of the Pirates, will round out the NL staff.

Farrell named managers Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians and Ron Gardenhire of the host Twins to join his AL staff.

Francona has twice served as the American League All-Star manager, and Farrell was his pitching coach for the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. This assignment marks Gardenhire's third stint as an AL coach (previously: 2003 and 2007).

Farrell invited his Red Sox coaches -- first base coach Arnie Beyeler, third base coach Brian Butterfield, hitting coach Greg Colbrunn, bullpen coach Dana LeVangie, bench coach Torey Lovullo, pitching coach Juan Nieves and assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez -- to join him in Minnesota. Head athletic trainers Dave Pruemer of the Twins and Kevin Harmon of the Texas Rangers will tend to the AL All-Stars.

NO DAMAGE FOR WAINWRIGHT

The St. Louis Cardinals breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday after the results of an MRI on Adam Wainwright's elbow showed no structural damage.

The right-hander felt soreness in the elbow after working seven shutout innings on Tuesday in the Cardinals' 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He received an anti-inflammatory injection in the elbow on Wednesday.

"We know the importance of him to our rotation and the importance of making sure he's in the rotation," Mozeliak told reporters. "We want to be extra cognizant of what he needs to stay in the rotation and be healthy from here. We are going to be cautious with this."

Mozeliak, who said Wainwright's soreness was comparable to tennis elbow, did not indicate the pitcher's status for his next scheduled start. The elbow will be re-evaluated in a few days.

Wainwright underwent Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2011.

The 32-year-old Wainwright has a 9-3 record with 91 strikeouts and a 2.15 ERA 100 1/3 innings covering 14 starts this season. His innings pitched lead the major leagues and he has the most wins in the National League.

PINTO SENT DOWN

The Minnesota Twins sent struggling rookie catcher Josmil Pinto to triple-A Rochester Wednesday.

Pinto, the Twins catcher of the future and a backup to Kurt Suzuki this season, has been struggling defensively lately. That, coupled with the recent signing of Kendrys Morales, was enough to convince the Twins he needed a little more seasoning in the minors.

"Pinto has been scuffling along with his throwing and all those things," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before the demotion was announced. "We're trying to do some work with him to get him straightened out a little bit. We talked to Suzuki about this and told him he might have to catch three this series until we get the kid straightened out."

In 43 games, Pinto his .222 with seven homers and 16 RBIs.

LIRIANO GOES ON DL

Left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Liriano began the season with a groin injury and left one start in April with lightheadedness but he left Tuesday's game with sharp pain in his left oblique and the injury could lead to an extended absence. While the Pirates have not provided a timetable or graded the severity of the injury, players have missed up to 4-6 weeks with severe abdominal strains.

Liriano, 30, will be replaced on the roster by Stolmy Pimentel, a right-handed relief pitcher coming off of a rehab assignment. The 24-year-old was placed on the disabled list last month with a shoulder strain.

Liriano joins Pittsburgh right-handed starter Gerrit Cole on the disabled list. Second baseman Neil Walker is also on the DL.

ROCKIES PROSPECT NEEDS SURGERY

Colorado Rockies right-handed pitching prospect Daniel Winkler will undergo Tommy John surgery, the Denver Post reported Wednesday.

Winkler injured his right elbow on Saturday while pitching for Double-A Tulsa. An MRI confirmed Winkler tore his ulnar collateral ligament.

Winkler was 5-2 with a 1.41 ERA in 12 starts, with 71 strikeouts in 70 innings.

CUBS SIGN TOP PICK

The Chicago Cubs signed Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber, who was selected fourth overall in the first-year player draft, the team announced Wednesday.

The Cubs had an allotment of $4.6 million for their first-round pick, but came to an agreement at $3.125 million, according to MLB.com.

Schwarber is one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, presented to the top Division I catcher in the country. He batted .358 with 14 home runs, 48 RBIs and a .659 slugging percentage in his junior year at Indiana.

The Cubs announced that Schwarber will report to their Rookie league affiliate (Boise) on Friday.

BRIEFLY

The Boston Red Sox signed outfielder Andres Torres to a minor-league contract. The 36-year-old hasn't played since last season, when he hit .250 with two homers and 21 RBIs in 2013 games with the San Francisco Giants ... New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, who has been out all season after having Tommy John surgery, no longer expects to pitch in 2014. The Mets didn't want Harvey to throw this season but he was determined to make it back ... Reliever Carlos Marmol has been put on the restricted list after leaving triple-A Louisville without the permission of the Cincinnati Reds. Marmol, who was released by Miami before signing with Cincy, has a 7.36 ERA in 3 2/3 innings ... Texas Rangers starter Tanner Scheppers was put on the DL -- again -- due to elbow inflammation. Scheppers, the Rangers opening day starter, missed six weeks due to an elbow issue earlier this season ...

 


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