Blue Jays planning to get Jose Reyes back from broken rib Monday

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Jose Reyes has been on the disabled list since late April with a cracked rib, but manager John Gibbons told reporters that the current plan is for the All-Star shortstop to rejoin the active roster Monday.

First he’ll need to avoid a setback during a brief minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A and it’s worth noting that Reyes previously indicated he expects to play through at least some level of discomfort for the remainder of the season.

Prior to being placed on the DL he hit .250 with zero homers and a .566 OPS in 16 games, giving Reyes a combined .288 batting average and .737 OPS in 252 games for the Blue Jays.

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.