Tim Lincecum being sent for MRI for back/side issue

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According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Tim Lincecum is being sent for an MRI regarding the lower back/side issue which caused him to exit from Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

Lincecum didn’t pitch in the NLDS or the NLCS, but he was finally pulled out of mothballs in Game 2 after the Royals grabbed a commanding lead. The two-time Cy Young Award winner retired all five batters he faced before stumbling on the mound for a couple of pitches. He then called for a team trainer before being replaced by Santiago Casilla.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy expressed optimism after the game that Lincecum was going to be fine. Assuming it’s not a big deal, he could move up in the pecking order in the bullpen given what we have seen from Hunter Strickland this postseason.

UPDATE: According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Lincecum said “everything felt normal” while throwing today. MRI results haven’t been made available, but it’s safe to assume that he would be allowed to throw if there were any major concerns.

Ned Yost to retire as Royals manager

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The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.

The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.

Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: