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Cardinals fire their pitching coach


The Cardinals have dismissed Derek Lilliquist as their pitching coach.

Lilliquist had the job for the past six season. This year the club was not terrible — the Cards ranked 10th in the majors with a 4.01 ERA — but they want to go in a different direction. Bullpen coach Blaise Ilsley was also let go. The rest of Mike Matheny’s coaching staff is expected to return in 2018.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Triple-A pitching coach Bryan Eversgerd should get serious consideration for the job.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.