The Cleveland Indians have activated reliever Andrew Miller from the 10-day disabled list.
Miller has missed four weeks with patellar tendinitis in his right knee. When he went down he was posting a 1.65 ERA and 79/17 K/BB ratio in 54.2 innings. His absence has not exactly been a big problem, of course — have you heard that the Indians have won 21 consecutive straight games? — but having him back will no doubt be a good thing.
The Indians will lose again eventually. It’d be kinda funny if they did so because the most dominant reliever in baseball over the past couple of seasons had a meltdown or something. Not saying Miller would find it funny, but I bet his teammates would roast him pretty good for it.
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.