SAN DIEGO – The struggling San Diego Padres fired general manager Josh Byrnes on Sunday.
The Padres are 32-43 and 12 1/2 games out of first in the NL West. They finished 76-86 in each of Byrnes’ first two seasons in the position.
While the team searches for a successor, senior vice president for baseball operations Omar Minaya and assistant general managers AJ Hinch and Fred Uhlman Jr. will share Byrnes’ role.
‘Goose’ gets plaque from Yankees
Rich Goose Gossage was honored by the New York Yankees on Old Timers’ Day with a plaque to be placed in Monument Park. The Hall of Fame reliever with the bushy mustache and blazing fastball pitched for the Yankees from 1978 to 1983, helping them to a World Series title during his first season in pinstripes. He returned for 11 games in 1989.
Around the leagues
The Cubs activated catcher Welington Castillo from the 15-day disabled list and designated catcher Eli Whiteside for assignment. Cincinnati signed Stanford shortstop Alex Blandino, the team’s supplemental first-round pick and the 29th overall selection in the draft.