CLEVELAND — John Farrell was forced to step away from the Red Sox because of cancer. He will return as manager in 2016, an announcement that ends Boston's second straight troubling season on an uplifting note.
The club said Sunday that Farrell, who recently completed his final course of chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, will be back.
Boston announced Farrell's return before Sunday's season finale against the Indians. Farrell, 53, left the team Aug. 14 after being diagnosed with stage 1 lymphoma, detected when he had surgery to repair a hernia.
"It's the right thing to do from an organizational perspective," president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. "He's won before. He deserves it."
The club also gave Torey Lovullo, Boston's bench coach who served as interim manager while Farrell was out, a two-year contract extension through 2017.
ANGELS PICK GM: The Angels will hire Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler as their new GM, according to several media reports. An announcement is expected today. Eppler, 39, has been with New York since 2004.
PADRES START OVER: San Diego said interim manager Pat Murphy won't lead the team next year. Murphy took over in mid June after Bud Black was fired.
WILLIAMS' STATUS: Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said a decision about Matt Williams' future with the team will be made soon, amid speculation that the manager is likely to be fired.
METS ROTATION: RHP Jacob deGrom will start the opener of the NL Division Series on Friday in Los Angeles, as expected. Rookie RHP Noah Syndergaard goes in Game 2, followed by RHP Matt Harvey in Game 3 back home at Citi Field.
GIRARDI KNOCKS SCHEDULE: Yankees manager Joe Girardi has a problem with Major League Baseball scheduling the regular-season finales for the late afternoon. "Here's the thing that bothers me: If it's a sunny day, you're playing in shadows," he said. "If it's the most important game of the year to get in, I don't think that's right."
300 FOR KERSHAW: Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw recorded his 300th strikeout, becoming the first pitcher in 13 years to do so.