Mark Teahen put on disabled list with fractured middle finger

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Mark Teahen injured the middle finger on his right hand fielding a ground ball Sunday and X-rays revealed a fracture, so the White Sox placed him on the disabled list this afternoon and called up Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A.
Teahen started 41 of the White Sox’s first 50 games at third base, but hit just .255 with a .727 OPS and is below average defensively. Omar Vizquel will make his 12th career start at third base tonight against right-hander Rich Harden and the Rangers, and Jayson Nix also figures to see plenty of action filling in for Teahen.
Lillibridge has hit just .177 with one homer in 197 plate appearances as a big leaguer and hasn’t been much better at Triple-A with a .700 OPS in 292 games, so he’s stretched as anything more than a utility man. No word yet on how long the White Sox expect to be without Teahen, but he could be out for several months if surgery is needed.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.