With his wife, Amanda, expecting their second child any day now, Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark was placed on the paternity list Friday afternoon so he can be with her at a Washington-area hospital.
Roark, 28, can take up to three days off as part of MLB's policy on paternity leave. The Nats called up right-hander Taylor Hill to take his place in the meantime.
"I heard from him today," manager Matt Williams said. "He and his wife are at the hospital. Hopefully everything goes well and we'll see what his status is. We'll be able to know more as we get more details."
Roark is 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA through 18 appearances this season, five of them starts. Hill, 26, rejoins the team after getting optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday. He has a 3.75 ERA through six appearances in 2015.
The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018.
Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.
Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.
The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.
Only the Marlins have had as many.
"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."
"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand."
The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.
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While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report.
Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:
"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."
"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.
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