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Nationals Hire Former Diamondbacks Manager Chip Hale As Bench Coach

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The Washington Nationals recently hired former Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez to be their next manager. On Thursday, the team announced that Chip Hale will serve as Martinez’s bench coach.

Hale, 52, has plenty of prior coaching experience. He was a coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2007-2009. Hale was also the third base coach for the New York Mets from 2010-2011. He then went over to the Oakland Athletics to serve as their bench coach for three seasons.

The Diamondbacks hired Hale to be their manager prior to the 2015 season. However, his managerial tenure with Arizona was largely unsuccessful. In two seasons with the Diamondbacks, Hale had a record of 148-176. He was fired after the 2016 season.

After being fired by the Diamondbacks, Hale was hired by the Athletics again. During the 2017 season, he served as their third base coach.

Given that Martinez is a first-time manager, it will be useful to have someone with managerial experience on his staff. Even though Hale was not able to succeed as a manager, he can still give Martinez insight on how to handle the job.

In addition to naming Hale the bench coach, the Nationals also announced on Thursday that Derek Lilliquist will serve as the team’s pitching coach. A former pitcher himself, Lilliquist was the pitching coach for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2012-2017.

After Thursday’s announcements, we now have a much better idea of what Martinez’s coaching staff will look like for the 2018 season.

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Cardinals Place Tyler O’Neill, Mike Mayers On 10-Day IL

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The St. Louis Cardinals have placed outfielder Tyler O’Neill and right hander Mike Mayers on the 10-day injured list.

O’Neill suffered an ulnar nerve subluxation in his right elbow and Mayers has a strained lat.

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Brewers Acquire David Freitas From Mariners

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The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired catcher David Freitas from the Seattle Mariners, according to an official team announcement.

The Mariners will receiver minor-league pitcher Sal Biasi as part of the deal.

Freitas will immediately report to Triple-A after appearing in 36 games with the Mariners last season.

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Rockies Place Tyler Anderson On IL

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The Colorado Rockies have placed left-hander Tyler Anderson on the 10-day injured list due to left knee inflammation, according to an official team announcement.

Anderson, 29, has struggled to start the season, giving up 11 runs over his first 2 starts of the 2019 campaign.

In a corresponding move, the Rockies have recalled right-hander Yency Almonte from Triple-A.

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