Marlins move Jose Fernandez’s rehab assignment to Triple-A


Jose Fernandez’s recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery has advanced to the point that the Marlins have moved the 22-year-old’s right-hander rehab assignment to Triple-A.

He’ll start Wednesday for New Orleans, which will actually be the first Triple-A start of Fernandez’s career because he jumped from Single-A to the majors as a stud prospect coming up through the Marlins’ farm system.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Fernandez is expected to throw 75-80 pitches, suggesting he’ll likely need at least a couple more rehab outings before being fully stretched out to rejoin the Marlins’ rotation.

Fernandez struggled in his first rehab start at Single-A on June 6, but tossed five shutout innings with four strikeouts and one walk in his second start Friday.

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.