The New York Mets are braced for a shakeup.
Manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya both said Friday they have not been notified they are losing their jobs following another season filled with injuries rather than accomplishments.
Sports Illustrated, citing unidentified sources, reported on its website earlier in the day that the team will announce after the season that the pair won’t return in their roles.
“This is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately town, and lately it hasn’t been good,” third baseman David Wright said.
Speculation about their futures has swirled for weeks. The guaranteed portion of Manuel’s contract expires at the end of the season, and Minaya, completing his sixth season, is due two more years at $1.1 million per season.
“Nothing has been told to me other than, just like every year, you discuss it at the end of the year,” Manuel said.
Texas slugger Josh Hamilton is back in the lineup for the AL West champions. Hamilton, the majors’ leading hitter and a top AL MVP candidate, missed 24 games since Sept. 4, after he broke two ribs crashing into an outfield wall. ... Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre left Boston for Los Angeles to be with his wife Sandra, who was about to give birth to their third child. ... Right-hander Tommy Hunter will be added to the Rangers’ playoff rotation, manager Ron Washington said. ... David Price will pitch in relief for Tampa Bay today, his final tuneup before starting the Rays’ opening playoff game Wednesday. ... Slugger Jim Thome returned to the Twins’ lineup for the first time in 10 days after dealing with soreness and tightness in his back. Twins setup man Jon Rauch also said he will be ready for the postseason. ... Manager Charlie Manuel said Roy Halladay (Game 1) and Roy Oswalt will be the Phillies’ first two starting pitchers in the National League Division Series, and third baseman Placido Polanco returned after having a cortisone shot in his left elbow Wednesday in Philadelphia. ... Rockies catcher Miguel Olivo was hospitalized to undergo a CT scan and further evaluation after being struck in the back of the head by the backswing of Cardinals star Albert Pujols.