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Red Sox Promote Dana LeVangie From Bullpen To Pitching Coach

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After the Boston Red Sox recently hired Tony LaRussa and several coaches following the announcing of Alex Cora as manager, they still lacked a pitching coach.

As of yesterday, that hole has been filled.

Multiple sources Wednesday afternoon reported that the Red Sox had promoted Dana LeVangie from bullpen coach to pitching coach; he had been Boston’s bullpen coach for the last five seasons.

LeVangie, 48, has been involved with the Red Sox organization ever since being drafted in the 14th round in MLB’s 1991 amateur draft. After six seasons in the minors, he was Boston’s bullpen catcher from 1997-2004. For the next several seasons, he worked in the organization’s scouting department before taking over as bullpen coach.

In 2015, LeVangie served as interim bench coach for acting manager Torey Lovollo while John Farrell was undergoing cancer treatment.

It’s no secret that Cora wanted to keep LeVangie on his staff, which will be full of newcomers entering 2018..

“When everybody started talking about me being manager, he (LeVangie) was a guy that I always considered was going to be part of my staff,” said Cora.

Despite never being a pitcher, LeVangie has received “rave reviews” after working with relievers and catchers the last five years.

“This is something i didn’t envision myself doing,” said LeVangie. “But I think my experience throughout the game, experience dealing with the players has grown throughout my time.”

LeVangie replaces Carl Willis as pitching coach for Boston.

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Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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