Coaching staffs announced
Retired Houston Astros first-base coach Rich Dauer will be among the coaches for the American League at next week’s All-Star game.
Dauer was a part of Houston’s World Series championship last season, but was rushed to a hospital immediately after the team’s victory parade — surviving a difficult surgery on a blood clot in his brain.
The 65-year-old Dauer will join Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash on AL manager AJ Hinch’s staff, MLB announced on Tuesday.
Also, first-year Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez will be among the coaches for the National League in the game at Nationals Park. He was invited to join this year’s All-Star staff by NL and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who also selected Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black.
The 53-year-old Martinez previously coached in the All-Star game for the American League in 2009.
Black played 15 seasons in the majors and has worked on All-Star staffs in 2003, 2008 and 2010. Cash is making his second straight appearance on the AL’s All-Star coaching staff.
Hinch said last month that he would add Dauer, calling the reunion “just like old times.”
Ted Barrett, a 20-year MLB umpire, will work behind the plate and serve as the crew chief for next Tuesday’s game.
The rest of Barrett’s crew, which was announced on Tuesday, will include Jim Reynolds (first base), Alfonso Marques (second base), Andy Fletcher (third base) Mike Muchlinski (left field) and Cory Blaser (right field).
Doolittle to miss game
PITTSBURGH — The Washington Nationals placed All-Star closer Sean Doolittle on the 10-day disabled list with left toe inflammation, optioned right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez to Triple-A Syracuse and recalled right-handed pitchers Wander Suero and Austin Voth from Syracuse on Tuesday.
Doolittle, 31, hasn’t pitched since July 6. The following day, he tripped over a pitching mound and first experienced discomfort in his left toe.
Rays propose stadium
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday unveiled an elaborate plan for a new domed stadium that would take them across Tampa Bay to the Ybor City section of Tampa at a cost of nearly $900 million.
The 32,000-seat stadium would be the smallest in Major League Baseball and would be covered by a fully enclosed and translucent roof, not a retractable dome.
Stuart Sternberg, principal owner of the Rays since 2005, called the plan “a dramatic break from the past” and explained the blueprint as the franchise’s latest attempt to make a long-term commitment to the region.
No plans were revealed about stadium financing. The Rays, now in their 21st season in the American League, made the presentation partly to solicit corporate support.
n Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall will miss 8 to 10 weeks with a strained left calf muscle.
Cleveland also placed right-hander Josh Tomlin — its longest-tenured player in his ninth season — on the DL with a strained right hamstring.
n The New York Mets promoted right-hander Drew Gagnon from Triple-A Las Vegas to start last night’s game against Philadelphia.
To make room, New York optioned right-hander Paul Sewald to Triple-A.
New York also returned right-hander Jacob Rhame to Las Vegas.
n The Philadelphia Phillies promoted right-hander Enyel De Los Santos from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
To make room, Philadelphia transferred Pedro Florimon to the 60-day disabled list.
The club also promoted infielder Trevor Plouffe and optioned outfielder Dylan Cozens to Lehigh Valley.
Left-hander Hoby Milner was designated for assignment.