Two key players are ready to rejoin the Yankees after missing extended time with injuries, as manager Joe Girardi announced that center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and left-hander Andrew Miller are expected to come off the disabled list Wednesday.
Ellsbury has been on the DL since mid-May with a sprained right knee and his return was delayed a few days by leg fatigue while on a minor-league rehab assignment. He was hitting .324 with 14 steals in 37 games at the time of the injury and will resume leading off for the Yankees.
Miller has missed a month with a forearm injury, but Girardi indicated that he’ll step right back into the closer role after posting a 1.03 ERA and 43/10 K/BB ratio in 26 innings before being shut down. Dellin Betances will resume setup duties and the Yankees once again have MLB’s best one-two punch in the bullpen.
The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.
Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.
The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.
Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: