BALTIMORE – Scott Harris was hired as president of baseball operations for the Detroit Tigers, leaving the San Francisco Giants after three years as general manager.
The 36-year-old replaced Tigers general manager Al Avila, who was fired on August 10. Detroit went 404-573 under Avila, who failed to lead the team to the playoffs for seven seasons in charge of baseball operations.
Detroit had hoped to make the playoffs, but were last out in the AL Central against Baltimore.
Harris has high hopes for the Tigers, who haven’t had a winning season since 2016 and last made the playoffs in 2014.
“He’s going for broke. He wants to win the World Series,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said in the dugout. “He is competitive. He wants to win. He made it clear to me that this is a priority for him and that’s what you want to hear when you’re in my situation.”
Harris has been instrumental in strengthening San Francisco’s roster over the past three seasons, where he has served under President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi. In 2021, the Giants went 107–55 to win the NL West, the best regular season record in franchise history. The Giants were 205-163 during Harris’s three seasons in San Francisco.
“Scott’s vision of how to build a baseball organization to compete and win in the modern game is impressive,” Tigers CEO Christopher Ilich said in a statement.
A native of Redwood City, California, Harris graduated from UCLA in 2009, attended Columbia Business School, and received an MBA from the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management in 2015.
Harris served with the Washington Nationals in 2008, the Cincinnati Reds in 2010, and in the commissioner’s office from 2010 to 2012 as a major league operations coordinator.
He joined the Chicago Cubs in 2012 as director of baseball operations and was named assistant general manager in 2018.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde, the Cubs’ coach from 2014 to 2018, believes the Tigers have hired a winner.
“I’m a big fan of Scott Harris. He’s very smart, gets along great with people, he’s an incredible listener,” Hyde said. “He has great people skills and makes very good, thoughtful decisions. This is a great hire.”
Hinch happily agreed.
“Chris did an incredible, thorough search. He tirelessly tried to find our next leader, and he found an exceptional person,” Hinch said. “Man, I’m inspired to see the direction the franchise is taking and what Scott can bring to the organization.”
NEW YORK – Yankees Pitcher Frankie Montaz received a second cortisone injection in his sore right shoulder and was placed on the injured list, casting doubt on his position in the postseason rotation.
Montaz mentioned a shoulder problem to the Yankees after his start with Milwaukee, when New York failed to hold a 5-0 lead. He’s 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA in eight starts since the Yankees acquired him from Oakland for four prospects in the Aug. 1 trade, leaving him 5-12 with a 4.05 ERA in 27 starts this season.
Montas was diagnosed with shoulder inflammation and was given an injection.
“I’ll wait a couple of days before I start playing ball and then move on,” Montas said. “Let the cortisone shot…do the magic.”
Montas received his first cortisone injection in early July and did not perform from July 3 to July 21.
“It worked, it was just probably a little rushed,” he said.
Montas was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactively and New York activated the outfielder. Harrison Bader. The earliest Montas can be activated is October 2, so he has a maximum of one start left before the playoffs.
“We’ll just see how the recovery goes over the next week or 10 days, and then we’ll see where we are in terms of the calendar, how many fields we can take it up,” Yankees manager Aaron Boon said. “It may be difficult to return the innings score until a certain point.”
right-handed Louis Severino due to start against Pittsburgh after recovering from a right lat strain that has kept him out since July 13. He joins a rotation that includes Gerrit Cole, Nestor CortesJameson Tallion and Domingo German.
Severino calculated that he would throw no more than 65 shots against the Pirates, and then increase them by 10–15 in each subsequent start. He’s not worried about how long it takes until the playoffs.
“You know how the postseason goes – you have two guys on base, someone is already warming up,” he said. “I’m not going to throw 100 shots.”
Reliever Scott Effrosssince August 20 with a strained right shoulder, will either be activated or throw a second minor league rehab outing.
Infielder DJ LaMahieu, who has been out since Sept. 4 due to inflammation of the second toe of his right foot, can be activated during the current home stance.
Matt Carpenterwho broke his left leg on August 8, will have an x-ray this week to determine if he can increase his training.