Mike Matheny got his first career ejection last night


Tony La Russa was ejected once every 50 or so games throughout his 33-year managing career, but it took his replacement, Mike Matheny, just three weeks and 18 games to get the boot for the first time.

Matheny received his first career ejection last night when he argued with second base umpire Bill Welke over an extra-inning call in which Tony Campana was ruled safe stealing second base despite Yadier Molina’s throw seemingly beating him.

Matheny explained afterward that he thought Campana was out and he thought the umpiring crew blew an earlier call as well, so his frustration boiled over in the 10th inning of what turned out to be a 3-2 loss when Campana scored from second base with the winning run on an Alfonso Soriano single.

“It’s a shame is all,” Matheny told Cash Kruth of MLB.com. “First run was a shame and the last run was a shame. Those are my thoughts.

And many more!

Jayson Werth is still looking for work

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Free agent outfielder Jayson Werth is still looking for work, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Werth has been working out and training with the intention of continuing his playing career.

Werth, 38, completed his seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals when his club was ousted from the playoffs last October. Werth performed well for much of the duration of the contract, but he was often injured and his performance declined towards the end of the deal. Last season, in 70 games, Werth hit .226/.322/.393 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 289 plate appearances.

Given the way the free agent market has panned out, it seems likely Werth would get a guaranteed major league contract and may have to settle for a minor league deal if he wants to keep playing. Werth turns 39 in May.