Micah Johnson read on Twitter that he was designated for assignment. He wasn’t.

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Today the Braves, like a lot of teams, made a series of roster moves in order to shift players around and/or make room on the 40-man roster. One of the moves they announced was their designation of 26-year-old infielder Micah Johnson for assignment.

That, in and of itself, would not really a big deal. Johnson has only played in four big league games this year and has only had four plate appearances. He’s hit well in the minors, but it’s not like he was forcing himself into the Braves future plans. He’s a nice guy, it seems, but baseball is a business and sometimes players get cut.

The only problem? The Braves didn’t actually designate him for assignment, even though they announced that they did. They chalked it up to “internal confusion,” resulting from club officials talking about DFA’ing Johnson but ultimately deciding against it. The confusion led to a bit of awkwardness when Johnson himself learned of the alleged DFA via Twitter:

 

A few minutes ago the Braves retracted the DFA:

That has to make Johnson feel a bit better. But only a bit, I’d assume. I mean, imagine if your boss said “No, we’re not firing you. We only discussed it so seriously that one person left the room with the impression in his head that we were firing you and said so via a press release.” It certainly wouldn’t make you want to bring in some new knickknacks for your credenza.

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.