Huston Street to miss several weeks with lat strain

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Angels’ reliever Huston Street is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a Grade 1 lat strain, according to comments made by club GM Billy Eppler on Saturday (via the Los Angeles Times’ Pedro Moura). The right-hander was pulled from his outing against the Brewers on Friday after suffering an unknown injury in the third inning. What looked like right triceps irritation was revealed to be a lat strain after he underwent an MRI following the game.

Street is no stranger to the disabled list. He missed two months of the 2016 season after undergoing knee surgery and has spent part of every major league season rehabbing various leg, elbow and shoulder ailments. Last year, beset by an oblique strain, hamstring cramp and chronic medial knee pain, he delivered a career-worst 6.45 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 5.6 SO/9 over just 22 1/3 innings with the Angels.

That performance, as well as his recent setback, will jeopardize Street’s chances of hanging onto the closer’s role come Opening Day. Waiting in the wings are two capable right-handers, Andrew Bailey and Cam Bedrosian, though Moura notes that Bedrosian is currently sidelined with a groin strain.

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.