Lance Lynn cleared to return from forearm injury

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Good news for the Cardinals, as right-hander Lance Lynn’s forearm injury is minor enough that he’s scheduled to come off the disabled list to start Thursday against the Marlins.

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Lynn is healthy enough to return when eligible Tuesday, but the Cardinals are waiting until Thursday simply because they don’t want to re-arrange the rest of the rotation. Triple-A call-up Tyler Lyons will be bumped after filling in for Lynn.

Lynn’s health is a huge key for the MLB-leading Cardinals in the wake of Adam Wainwright’s (likely) season-ending injury. He has a 3.07 ERA this season and a 2.83 ERA in 45 starts dating back to the beginning of last year.

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.