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Bronson Arroyo may have pitched his final game

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On April 8, Bronson Arroyo made his first appearance in the major leagues since June 15, 2014. The right-hander, now 40 years old, underwent Tommy John surgery that summer which caused him to miss the rest of the 2014 season and the ’15 season. In 2016, in the Nationals’ minor league system, he threw only nine innings before being shut down with more elbow soreness.

Arroyo’s return was remarkable and not just because of his age. Unfortunately, the story hasn’t gone as well as Arroyo had hoped. Entering Sunday’s start against the Dodgers, he carried a 7.01 ERA with a 42/19 K/BB ratio in 68 innings. He had given up a major league worst 22 home runs and a National League high 53 earned runs.

Against the Dodgers, Arroyo couldn’t make it into the fourth inning. He gave up five runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts in three innings of work, raising his ERA to 7.35.

Following the game, Arroyo said that his shoulder is getting worse and Sunday’s start may have been his last, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

If this is indeed it for Arroyo, he won 148 games across parts of 16 seasons with a 4.27 ERA and 1,568 strikeouts. He won a championship in 2004 with the Red Sox and made one All-Star team in 2006 as a member of the Reds.

Who are the candidates for the Cardinals managerial job?

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If you logged off over the weekend, you may not have heard that Mike Matheny was sacked as the Cardinals manager late Saturday night. I wrote about the reasons for this yesterday morning. Mike Shildt was named the interim manager and he will keep the job through the rest of the season. Between now and then the Cardinals’ brain trust is going to figure out who they want for the job full time.

Today Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch goes over a list of potential candidates. No, the Cardinals have not identified any officially, but Goold is a smart cookie and hears stuff and what wasn’t heard is informed speculation. At the very least, expect to hear many of the names he lists several times as the process goes on.

You gotta read his article to get the list, but there are a couple on there I want to talk about for a second.

The first one is Joe Girardi, who makes it because (a) he is the most prominent marquee manager who doesn’t have a job at the moment; (b) he played 16 games with the Cardinals in his final season; and (c) far more important than that is that he is tight with John¬†Mozeliak. But while Girardi seems like a perfect candidate for a club in win-now mode, I question whether he’s truly the right guy given that he left New York for many of the same reasons Matheny left St. Louis (i.e. not relating well with young players). We can’t overstate that, however, because Girardi is, by every other measure, a superior manager to Matheny, primarily when it comes to managing a bullpen, so his rapport with the kids is not the be-all, end-all.

Goold also mentions Mark McGwire. He’s obviously a legend in St. Louis and, unlike a lot of former players who talk about wanting to get into managing these days, McGwire has been putting in his time as a coach for a long, long time. He’s currently the Padres’ bench coach. I’d like to see McGwire get the job for petty, personal reasons: a lot of people would get really, really mad about a PED guy getting the gig, they’d say and write a lot of dumb stuff and that, for me, is the key to a lot of content. Not gonna lie about that.

A lot of other interesting names on that list too. And there will likely be a lot of people, beyond those who the Cardinals initially identify, who express interest in the job too. It’s a sweet gig with historic job security for a marquee franchise in a baseball city, so what’s not to like?