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Padres’ Eric Hosmer fractures index finger while bunting, could be out 2-6 weeks

San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer broke his left index finger while attempting to bunt in the first inning versus the Colorado Rockies on Monday.

Manager Jayce Tingler stated Hosmer could be out two to six weeks.

“Knowing Hos, he’s a tough guy, and knowing his pain tolerance … with some good luck and some good fortune, it heals up, and at that point, it’ll be up to pain tolerance,” Tingler said. “If we can get it to that point, I feel very confident betting on the man.”

The Padres have options at first base.

Rookie Jake Cronenworth played well at first base when Hosmer missed several matches early in the season because of a stomach ailment, and the Padres obtained Mitch Moreland during a flurry of trades in the days before last week’s deadline.

“This one hurts,” Tingler said. “But at the same time, we’re going to have some guys step up. We’re going to hold ground, and we’re going to get him back. When he gets back, we’re going to be in a good position.”

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Hosmer was injured while bunting with two strikes for the second out of the first inning and was taken out of the game. He was replaced by Moreland.

Later in the contest, Hosmer was in the dugout with what appeared to be a splint on the injured finger.

Hosmer has been having a good campaign, hitting the ball in the air more than he had in recent seasons. He is hitting .291 with eight homers and 32 RBIs, and he was part of the Padres’ “Slam Diego” outburst in mid-August, when they became the first team in MLB history to hit four grand slams in four consecutive games.

The Padres beat the Rockies 1-0 on Monday for their sixth triumph in eight games. At 26-17, the Pads are second in the National League West, 4½ games back of the MLB-leading  Los Angeles Dodgers. San Diego hasn’t been to the postseason since 2006.

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Colorado reaches out to Chiefs´ Eric Bieniemy for coaching job

With the unexpected departure of Mel Tucker to Michigan State, the Colorado Buffaloes Football program is now in hunt of a new head coach.

The name of Eric Bieniemy immediately entered the conversation about potential replacements due to his connection to Colorado. The Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator, fresh off a Super Bowl 54 win in Miami, is one of the best football players in the school’s history, and he is showing interest in the job opening, according to 9News’ Mike Klis.

“Per source, the University of Colorado has reached out to respected KC Chiefs offensive coordinator/CU alumni Eric Bieniemy about its vacant head coaching job,” Klis wrote in a tweet. “There is preliminary mutual interest between CU and Bienemy. It would be a great move by Buffs AD Rick George.”

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SportsLine oddsmakers listed Bieniemy with the fifth-best odds to become the next Colorado head coach.

The coordinator was a potential aspirant for multiple NFL head coach openings after the regular season, but he was ultimately passed over. The insiders at Pro Football Talk believe Bieniemy should be considered a top candidate, much higher than the odds suggest.

“Colorado will now be scrambling to find a new head coach extremely late in the hiring cycle,” writes Pro Football Talk. “With Bieniemy’s connections to the school, he seems certain to be considered for the job coming off a Super Bowl victory earlier this month. Bieniemy is Colorado’s all-time leading rusher. He rushed for 3,940 yards with 4,351 all-purpose yards and 42 total touchdowns during his time in Boulder.

After initially turning down Michigan State’s offer, Tucker decided to replace Mark Dantonio as the Spartans head coach. Tucker leaves Colorado after just one season at the helm, and the school named Darrin Chiaverini as the interim head coach on Wednesday.

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