Lance Lynn undergoes Tommy John surgery, will miss all of 2016

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Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn will miss the entire 2016 season following Tommy John elbow surgery, the team announced.

Lynn dealt with a strained forearm around midseason and then had an ankle injury late in the year, finishing with a 3.03 ERA in 175 innings after topping 200 innings in 2013 and 2014.

He has a 3.37 ERA in 791 career innings, so this is a big blow for the Cardinals and could cause them to make an increased effort to re-sign free agent right-hander John Lackey.

Even if they don’t re-sign Lackey the Cardinals still have plenty of rotation depth in Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia, and several other inexperienced options with some upside, although there are a lot of health-related question marks in that group.

Lynn, who’ll turn 29 years old in May, will make $7.5 million while on the disabled list in 2016 and is also under contract for $7.5 million in 2017.

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.