Giants manager Bruce Bochy has stuck with Ryan Vogelsong in the rotation despite mostly poor performances in each of the past three seasons, but now Bochy is sending the 37-year-old right-hander to the bullpen.
The move comes in response to Tim Hudson’s scheduled return from the disabled list Monday and he’ll rejoin a rotation that is so well-stocked right now that Tim Lincecum is also expected to be used out of the bullpen once he returns from the disabled list.
Vogelsong has an 18-25 record and 4.52 ERA in 384 innings since 2013, which is even worse than it looks considering offense being down across baseball and the Giants having a very pitcher-friendly ballpark. However, he’s been a full-time member of San Francisco’s rotation since 2011 and is making $4 million this year.
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.