Tim Cooney got the first crack at replacing Adam Wainwright in the Cardinals’ starting rotation and failed, allowing three runs on seven hits over just 2 1/3 innings on April 30 against the Phillies. Tyler Lyons was the next man up but he also struggled, yielding 10 runs — eight earned — over 13 innings in an audition that spanned three starts. He didn’t make it out of the top of the fourth inning Saturday in the Cardinals’ second straight loss to the Tigers.
That’s gonna do it for the Lyons experiment …
Nothing is official yet, but it looks like oft-injured left-hander Jaime Garcia will fill the Cardinals’ rotation vacancy on Thursday at the Mets’ Citi Field. Garcia has been out all season with a shoulder injury that has lingered now for three years, but he struck out six batters and allowed only two runs over six innings Friday in his latest rehab start at Double-A Springfield. He was shelled for five runs in 2 2/3 innings the outing before.
Garcia has always been an effective starting pitcher when healthy, boasting a 3.50 ERA and 476 strikeouts in 594 2/3 career major league innings. St. Louis is paying him a $9.25 million salary this season in the final year of a four-year, $27 million contract extension. If Garcia struggles or begins feeling renewed discomfort in his throwing shoulder, 23-year-old left-hander Marco Gonzales will probably get the next chance.
Wainwright is done for the season following surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco launched his first career major league home run Sunday afternoon against Diamondbacks right-hander Randall Delgado. Watch it fly …
Franco also hit an RBI triple in the 6-0 win. He boasts a .667 slugging percentage in three games.
Getting swept by the Braves was the last straw.
According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond and bench coach Rob Leary following Sunday’s 6-0 loss to Atlanta — a game in which the Fish nearly got no-hit.
A new manager will be announced Monday morning.
Miami improved its win total from 62 in 2013 to 77 in 2014 under Redmond’s guidance, but that bump paved the way for overly optimistic expectations heading into 2015. And the Braves’ three-game weekend sweep of the Marlins capped off a run of 10 losses in 14 games for Redmond’s now-former team.
Redmond joins a long list of big-name managers aggressively canned by Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. That list includes but is not limited to Joe Girardi, Ozzie Guillen, Fredi Gonzalez, and Edwin Rodriguez.
Miami is currently six games back of first place in the NL East with a record of 16-22.
There’s some history developing in Miami …
Braves right-hander Shelby Miller has allowed just one walk and no hits through seven innings against the Marlins and he’ll carry a pitch count of just 73 into the bottom of the eighth inning.
Atlanta has a 6-0 lead.
We’ll provide updates as he tries to finish this off.
EIGHTH INNING: Miller got flyouts from Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, and then Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons made a nice play on a soft grounder from Ichiro Suzuki for the third out of the eighth inning. Miller will carry a no-hitter into the ninth. And he’s thrown only 80 pitches. This may happen.
NINTH INNING: Miller induced an easy groundout from Adeiny Hechavarria for the first out of the ninth. And then an easy flyout to center field from Jhonatan Solano for the second out of the ninth. But, look at that, pitch-hitter Justin Bour ended the fun with a hard single up the middle with just one out to go.
Back to your regularly-scheduled programming.
Frightening scene just now at the Mets’ Citi Field.
Brewers leadoff man Carlos Gomez was pulled from Sunday’s game after taking a Noah Syndergaard pitch off the ear flap on his helmet. The pitch was clocked at 97 mph and Gomez was down on the ground for a few minutes before heading off with a trainer. He appeared to be making a case that he could stay in the game, but new Brewers manager Craig Counsell obviously wasn’t gonna have it.
Gomez will presumably undergo concussion tests.
Gerardo Parra replaced him on the bases and in center field. Gomez missed three weeks earlier this season with a right hamstring strain.
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. ET: Good news from the Brewers’ clubhouse after the game …