Henderson Alvarez is back in the majors

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The Phillies have called up pitcher Henderson Alvarez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Alvarez, 27, agreed to a minor league deal with the Phillies last month after making seven starts for the Long Island Ducks in the independent Atlantic League. In three starts with Lehigh Valley, Alvarez yielded seven runs (six earned) on 19 hits and six walks with eight strikeouts in 19 innings.

Alvarez hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015 due to shoulder injuries, but the Phillies have nothing to lose by giving him an audition through the end of the year.

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.