Sox ad­just their train­ing staff

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The White Sox an­nounced changes to their ma­jor-league ath­letic train­ing staff, pro­mot­ing Brian Ball to head ath­letic trainer to re­place Herm Sch­nei­der, Brett Walker to phys­i­cal ther­a­pist/as­sis­tant trainer and James Kruk to as­sis­tant ath­letic trainer.

Mike Reinold was hired to a new role of se­nior med­i­cal ad­vi­sor. A for­mer head trainer with the Red Sox and for­mer con­sul­tant to the Cubs, Reinold has worked nearly 10 years un­der the di­rec­tion of or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon Dr. James An­drews.

“With Herm Sch­nei­der’s move to an emer­i­tus sta­tus and sev­eral stand­out train­ers al­ready in place on our staff, we de­cided to take this op­por­tu­nity to re-imag­ine the high­per­for­mance as­pect of our med­i­cal, train­ing, ther­apy and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grams,” Sox gen­eral man­ager Rick Hahn said.

Sch­nei­der, Ball and Walker were named 2018 MLB Ath­letic Train­ing Staff of the Year by the Pro­fes­sional Base­ball Ath­letic Trainer So­ci­ety on Fri­day.

Na­tion­als owner thinks Harper is gone

The Na­tion­als in­tro­duced All-Star left­hander starter Pa­trick Corbin on Fri­day, an­nounc­ing they’d signed him to a six-year deal worth $140 mil­lion, but the big­ger news came in a lo­cal ra­dio in­ter­view, where owner Mark Lerner said he doesn’t think Bryce Harper will re­turn af­ter a late-sea­son of­fer.

“I re­ally don’t ex­pect him to come back at this point,” Lerner said. “There’s just too much money out there that he’d be leav­ing on the ta­ble.”

Lerner de­scribed the Na­tion­als’ of­fer, re­port­edly for $300 mil­lion over 10 years, as “the best we can do.”

Re­cov­er­ing Richards joins Padres

Free-agent right-han­der Gar­rett Richards, who went 5-4 with a 3.66 ERA with the An­gels be­fore Tommy John surgery on his el­bow in July, signed a two-year, $15.5 mil­lion con­tract with the Padres.

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