Jaime Garcia skips bullpen, may miss his next start

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Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia did not throw a bullpen session scheduled for Saturday due to a sore groin, Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He won’t make his start scheduled for Tuesday, but could start on Wednesday. There’s also a possibility he could simply miss this turn through the rotation.

Miklasz adds that manager Mike Matheny isn’t concerned; the Cardinals are simply being cautious with Garcia. The lefty dealt with a cramp near his groin during Wednesday’s start against the Cardinals.

Garcia, 28, made his season debut on May 28. He missed most of the first two months of the season due to shoulder issues. He currently owns a stellar 1.69 ERA with a 32/7 K/BB ratio in 48 innings over seven starts.

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.