Bonds back with Giants
Yankees’ Gregorius will miss first month of season.
Barry Bonds is back with the San Francisco Giants just as the club had hoped.
Bonds, who spent a one-season stint as Miami’s hitting coach last year before being fired, will serve as a special adviser to CEO Larry Baer.
The home run king will work with the minor league teams in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“We are delighted to welcome Barry back home to the Giants,” Baer said. “As one of the greatest players of all-time, Barry’s contributions to our organization are legendary. He joins Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda and other distinguished alumni who help advise the club and we look forward to working with him again. “
Bonds, 52, also will represent the organization in the community and at various Giants events.
“I am excited to be back home with the Giants and join the team in an official capacity,” Bonds said. “San Francisco has always been my home and the Giants will always be my family. I look forward to spending time with the team, young players in the system as well as the Bay Area community.”
The seven-time NL MVP spent his final 15 seasons with the Giants and hit 762 career home runs.
Yankees: Shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the season after straining his right shoulder while prepping for the World Baseball Classic. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Gregorius is likely to be sidelined six weeks. Opening day for the Yankees is April 2 at Tampa Bay. Gregorius was hurt while turning a double play for the Netherlands in an exhibition game Saturday against Arizona in preparation for the WBC semifinals. He returned to the Yankees’ spring camp this week. “It just happened on one play,” Gregorius said. “It was just a regular throw and it happened.” Gregorius, 27, hit .276 with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs last season. The Yankees have backup shortstops Ronald Torreyes and Ruben Tejada in camp, along with utilityman Tyler Wade and top prospect Gleyber Torres.
White Sox: Shortstop Tim Anderson, 23, agreed to a $25 million, six-year contract. Anderson, selected 17th overall in the 2013 amateur draft, was promoted in June after Jimmy Rollins was released. He hit .283 with 10 steals, nine homers and 30 RBIs in 99 games in his first season in the majors. He also struck out 117 times and walked just 13. Anderson would have been eligible for free agency in 2022, so the contract gives the White Sox two more years of control.
Rangers: Catcher Robinson Chirinos signed a new contract through 2018 that also includes a club option for 2019. Chirinos, already signed for this season, is a backup to Jonathan Lucroy.
Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman went 2 for 4 on Tuesday to extend his hit streak to six games. He is hitting .625 over that stretch after going 0 for 17 in his first nine games.
Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in four innings in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays. Jimenez has allowed 10 earned runs in 10 innings over his past three starts.
World Baseball Classic
Puerto Rico 4, Netherlands 3 (11): Eddie Rosario’s sacrifice fly drove in Carlos Correa with the winning run in the 11th inning at Dodger Stadium on Monday, giving Puerto Rico a berth in the championship game.
The Puerto Ricans also reached the final in 2013, losing to the Dominican Republic 3-0.
Barry Bonds will serve as adviser to Giants’ CEO.