Nick Markakis recovering from pelvic bone bruise

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Nick Markakis, who won his first Gold Glove award yesterday, told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that he’s about 75 percent recovered from a pelvic bone bruise suffered late in the season.

“I just felt my belt buckle go into my pelvic bone,” Markakis said. “And it knocked me pretty good, just repeatedly diving into it during the season.”

Markakis described the injury as like “a dagger in my stomach,” but added that he expects to be fully healthy in plenty of time for spring training and hopes it won’t impact his offseason training.

Markakis, who posted a sub-.800 OPS for the first time in his career at age 27, has three years and $44 million remaining on his contract.

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.