Athletics activate Ike Davis, Edward Mujica from the disabled list

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The Athletics got a bit healthier on Friday, activating first baseman Ike Davis and reliever Edward Mujica from the disabled list. To make room on the roster, right-hander Arnold Leon was optioned to Triple-A Nashville and infielder Andy Parrino was designated for assignment.

Davis went on the DL in mid-May with a strained left quad. He was hitting well, carrying a .282/.348/.427 triple-slash line with two home runs and 11 RBI in 115 plate appearances prior to the injury.

Mujica appeared in only five games for the Athletics after coming over from the Red Sox in a May 9 trade. He held the opposition scoreless in 5 1/3 innings before landing on the DL with a fractured right thumb.

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.