October 12, 2012

Major League Notebook: Wallach to talk with Red Sox

The Associated Press

The Boston Red Sox will start their search for a new manager with Los Angeles Dodgers third- base coach Tim Wallach.

Red Sox spokeswoman Pam Kenn confirmed that Wallach will be interviewed Friday.

The Red Sox are also known to be interested in current Toronto Blue Jays manager and former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell. Other names mentioned as part of the search to replace Bobby Valentine include former San Diego Padres catcher Brad Ausmus and Blue Jays first-base coach Torey Lovullo.

Valentine was fired after one season in which he finished last with an injury-depleted roster.

Wallach, 55, is a former All-Star third baseman. He managed the Dodgers' Triple-A team, the Albuquerque Isotopes, for two seasons and was Pacific Coast League manager of the year. He also worked in Los Angeles as a hitting coach. 

INDIANS: Outfielder Michael Brantley had successful surgery to repair a sports hernia.

The Indians said Brantley had the operation Thursday in Philadelphia.

The procedure took just 24 minutes to complete. Brantley is expected to need between three and six weeks to recover. Brantley will begin therapy next week in Florida and he is not expected to be restricted once he begins his offseason conditioning program.

Brantley, 25, batted a team-best .288 in 149 games this season. He hit six homers with 60 RBI and had 12 steals.

The 25-year-old has spent four seasons with Cleveland. 

JOHN "CHAMP" SUMMERS, who played for six teams during a 10-year career in the majors, died in north Florida after a 2½-year battle with kidney cancer. He was 66.

 

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