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Gabe Kapler Hired By Phillies As New Manager

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The search for the 54th manager of the Philadelphia Phillies ended Monday, as the team agreed to terms with former Major League outfielder Gabe Kapler.

Since November 2014, Kapler has been the Director of Player Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

According to ESPN, Kapler was one of three finalists to replace Pete Mackanin as Phillies manager. The other two were recently fired Red Sox manager John Farrell, and Dustin Wathan, manager of the Phillies’ triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Kapler, 42, said the following in a statement:

“I’m equal parts honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity with the Phillies, an elite franchise in a city rich in history, tradition, sports excellence and with amazingly passionate fans. I believe there is no better place to build a winning environment, and I take that task very seriously.”

In parts of 12 Major League seasons for six teams from 1998-2010, Kapler hit .268/.329/.420 with 82 home runs; he also won a World Series ring in 2004 for the Red Sox.

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Mets’ Activate David Wright for Final Homestand

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New York Mets third baseman David Wright m who has not played in the majors since 2016 due to spinal stenosis along with neck and shoulder injuries, will be activated for the team’s final homestand of the season, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.

“Physically, the way I feel right now, and from what the docs told me, there’s not going to be any improvement, So I don’t see [playing full time again] as a possibility” Wright said during the new conference, according to the New York Post.

It’s unclear if retirement will be the next step for Wright, but his time with the Mets as an everyday again is over.

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Dodgers Recall Julio Urias

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled left-hander Julio Urias from Triple-A Oklahoma City, marking his first stint in the majors since he underwent shoulder surgery last June.

Urias was one of the major’s 10 best prospects prior to his debut back in 2016, and when he arrived in May of 2016 he posted an impressive 3.39 ERA over 77 innings with 84 strikeouts against only 31 walks, making many believe he would be a building block for the Dodgers’.

His shoulder surgery put everything on hold and will now look to recapture the magic that he flashed in 2016.

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Cardinals Activate Adam Wainwright, Will Start Tonight

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have activated veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright from the 60-day disabled list and transferred right hander Michael Wacha from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL in order to make a roster spot for the returning Wainwright.

Wainwright, 37, will first appearance since May 13 when he takes the mound tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wacha is likely done for the season.

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