Marlins manager Jack McKeon announces retirement

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Jack McKeon’s return to managing at age 80 didn’t go quite as well as hoped, and he announced Monday that he’ll retire after Wednesday’s Marlins season finale.

McKeon is 39-48 since taking over the job in June, giving him a very similar record to the man he replaced.  The Marlins were 32-39 under Edwin Rodriguez and 0-1 in Brandon Hyde’s one game as interim manager.

No one was really expecting McKeon to remain the Marlins’ manager when they opened their new stadium in 2012, but the ride in his three-plus months at the helm has been bumpier than the team would have liked.  Not always pleased with his team’s effort, he was most vocal last month, saying, among other things, that “some of these guys had better wake up.”

It’s safe to assume that McKeon, who hadn’t managed since 2005 before joining the Marlins this year, is done for good this time.  With three games left to go, his record stands at 1,050-988.  He managed the Marlins to a World Series victory as a 72-year-old in 2003 and also won 96 games with the Reds back in 1999.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.