Pirates to interview Cardinals coach for manager job

The Pirates will interview Cardinals first base coach Stubby Clapp for their open manager position, according to a report by MLB insider Jon Heyman.

Clapp, 46, just completed his first season as a major league coach after serving as the manager for the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate Memphis Redbirds from 2017-2018. Baseball America named Clapp their 2017 minor league manager of the year, and he won the Pacific Coast League manager of the year honors in both of his seasons with Memphis.

Clapp played 23 games for the Cardinals in 2001, his only major league season. He worked as a minor league hitting coach in the Blue Jays' system from 2013-2016 and spent two seasons as an A-level manager for the Astros from 2011-2012.

He is scheduled to interview with the Pirates next week, according to Heyman.

Heyman also lists Mark Kotsay as someone in the Pirates' managerial mix. Kotsay, 43, has spent the last two seasons as the quality control coach for the Athletics, working closely with both the coaching staff and the front office. He originally joined the Athletics' staff as a bench coach in 2016, but transitioned to the new role after taking a leave of absence midseason in 2017.

Kotsay is one of the higher profile managerial candidates this year, being tied to the Giants' opening already. Kotsay played 17 seasons in the big leagues for seven different teams. He retired after the 2013 campaign.

The Pirates are scheduled to interview Ryan Christenson, Oakland's bench coach, next week. Other known candidates are Jeff Banister, Mike Bell and Derek Shelton.

Jason Martin has surgery

The Pirates announced Jason Martin underwent surgery to repair a left shoulder labral tear. Martin sustained the injury in a home plate collision on Sept. 3.

He was given a non-operative recommendation in September.

Commonly, players return to full baseball activities four to six months following this type of procedure.

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