The Detroit Tigers fired pitching coach Chris Bosio on Wednesday, saying his contract was terminated because of insensitive comments that violated team policy.

The team says it holds employees “to the highest standards of personal conduct on and off the field,” adding it has zero tolerance for Bosio’s behavior.

Bosio, 55, was in his first season as Detroit’s pitching coach after serving in the same role for six years with the Chicago Cubs, including the 2016 World Series victory against the Indians. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1986-1992 and the Seattle Mariners from 1993-1996.

General Manager Al Avila said that Bosio’s comments were made toward a team employee, but didn’t elaborate.

“I have to take seriously what the comments were,” Avila said. “And the action we took was appropriate.”

Bullpen coach Rick Anderson will serve as pitching coach for the remainder of the season.

Tigers right-hander Alex Wilson said he and teammates heard rumors of what had taken place.

“We’re sorry to everyone that it affected,” Wilson said. “It’s not a good day here. It’s a sad day. But we’re going to move forward, and hopefully this brings us closer than we’ve ever been.”

Around the bases

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp sat out against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday after losing his appeal of a one-game suspension for a scuffle with the Texas Rangers. ... The Baltimore Orioles placed reliever Darren O’Day (hamstring) and outfielder Craig Gentry (rib) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled utility man Steve Wilkerson and right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis from Triple-A Norfolk. ... The Pittsburgh Pirates placed infielder Sean Rodriguez (right quad) on the 10-day DL and selected the contract of right-handed reliever Tanner Anderson from Triple-A Indianapolis. ... The Kansas City Royals placed reliever Justin Grimm (shoulder) on the 10-day DL and recalled reliever Jason Adam from Triple-A Omaha.