Phillies hire former manager Charlie Manuel as hitting coach

The Phillies have turned to the most successful manager in franchise history to revive their feeble offense.

Charlie Manuel was hired to replace John Mallee as hitting coach Tuesday before a three-game series against the Cubs. Manuel, who was a senior adviser to general manager Matt Klentak, will join the team Wednesday.

“We have not hit well but we aren’t buried and we are not out, and in my judgment with 44 games remaining, it makes sense to try something different,” Klentak said.

Klentak said Manuel, 75, is assuming the job for the rest of the season. Malee joined manager Gabe Kapler’s staff last year after being the Cubs’ hitting coach from 2015 through ’17.

Manuel led the Phillies to five straight division titles, two NL pennants and the franchise’s second World Series title, in 2008. He was Cleveland’s hitting coach from 1988 through ’89 and 1994 through ’99.

Team USA coaches: Former big-league managers Willie Randolph and Bryan Price will be on the coaching staff for Team USA at a qualifying tournament for the 2020 Olympics.

USA Baseball announced the staff that will work with manager Joe Girardi. Randoph will be third-base coach and Price, a San Francisco native and former Cal pitcher, will be pitching coach. Also on the staff are Roly de Armas (bullpen) and former major-leaguers Scott Brosius (bench), Phil Plantier (hitting) and Ernie Young (first base).

Briefly: The Rockies designated catcher Chris Iannetta for assignment. The 36-year-old hit .222 with six homers in 52 games this season. Catching prospect Dom Nuñez was promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque. … The Nationals, whose bullpen has struggled all season, reached agreement on a minor-league deal with right-hander Greg Holland, pending a physical. Holland, 33, was let go by Arizona last week after going 1-2 with a 4.54 ERA and 17 saves in 22 chances. … The Cardinals activated catcher Yadier Molina from the injured list, put outfielder Jose Martinez on it with a shoulder injury and selected outfield prospect Randy Arozarena from Triple-A Memphis. … Houston right-hander Gerrit Cole didn’t make a scheduled start in the second game of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Tuesday night because of right hamstring discomfort. Right-handed reliever Chris Devenski opened instead.

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