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McLaren takes over ... for now

A former Seattle manager has replaced another former Mariners manager with the Washington Nationals.

John McLaren is moving from bench coach to interim manager of the Nationals following the stunning resignation of Jim Riggleman.

But he probably won’t hold the position for long as Davey Johnson reportedly will take over for the rest of the season, possibly as soon as today.

McLaren’s duties began Friday when the Nationals opened a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. McLaren was ejected in the eight inning after umpires reversed a call.

General manager Mike Rizzo said McLaren is an interim manager for days, not weeks. Johnson is a senior advisor to Rizzo.

McLaren, who was 68-88 as manager of the Mariners in 2007-08, has a history with Riggleman. He was the Mariners’ bench coach and replaced Mike Hargrove when he quit midseason in 2007. When McLaren was replaced in 2008, the interim job went to Riggleman, who’d been McLaren’s bench coach with the Mariners. Riggleman was 36-54 with the Mariners.

McLaren then ended up being Riggleman’s bench coach with the Nationals.

Meanwhile, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he will notify Major League Baseball of his choice to replace Riggleman as one of his coaches for the All-Star Game.

SURGERY FOR MORNEAU

The Twins said 2006 American League MVP Justin Morneau will have neck surgery Wednesday to remove a herniated disk fragment, keeping him out another six weeks.

Morneau was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this month with a strained left wrist that was put in a cast to try to stabilize it. That also gave him time to rest his neck, but Morneau still has dealt with weakness in the arm and numbness in his left hand.

“Last week of spring training is the last time I could feel the pointer finger next to my thumb,” he said. “I’d like that to go away. That’s the plan for the surgery, hopefully that’ll be the result, and I’ll come out good and be ready for August and September.”

SHORT HOPS

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter doesn’t know when he will be able to return from a strained right calf so he can resume his pursuit of 3,000 career hits. ... The Phillies placed right-hander Roy Oswalt on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury, and reliever Scott Mathieson was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. ... Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said bench coach Willie Randolph and third base coach John Russell will switch jobs. ... Several rows of lights at Busch Stadium failed for the second time this season, forcing a brief delay in the top of the ninth inning of the St. Louis-Toronto game. ... Dirk Nowitzki of the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks threw out the first pitch before the Rangers’ home game against the Mets. ... Blue Jays manager John Farrell said one of the biggest reasons he’s moving Jose Bautista, who led the majors in home runs last season, to third base is top prospect Brett Lawrie probably won’t be ready until August. Lawrie, the younger brother of former University of Washington softball star pitcher Danielle Lawrie, is rehabbing a broken left hand. ... The Red Sox recalled right-handed reliever Scott Atchison, a former Mariner and Tacoma Rainier, from Triple-A Pawtucket while sending pitcher Michael Bowden back to the minors. ... The Reds activated left-hander Aroldis Chapman from the 15-day disabled list (shoulder inflammation) and optioned pitcher Jeremy Horst to Triple-A Louisville.

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