Earlier this week Pete Mackanin said he had no idea if the Philadelphia Phillies were going to bring him back as manager next season. Now he know: nope. Mackanin has been fired.
Mackanin is still under contract for 2018 by virtue of an extension he was given in May. He will finish the season’s final weekend in the dugout and will remain with the team as an assistant to the general manager.
Mackanin was 64-95 with a rebuilding Phillies team this year, but there was marked improvement as the season wore on. The club was 29-58 at the All-Star break and 35-37 in the second half, mostly thanks to some key callups of prospects that will be a part of the next contending team in Philly. They’ll have someone else at the helm, however.
Overall Mackanin was 172-237 with Philly. He’s 225-290 for his career, having had earlier stints as an interim manager with the Pirates and Reds.
Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season as he suffered a lat injury in mid-March and has been on the disabled list since. He started a rehab stint in the minors last week, making a start for Double-A Reading on May 15 and another start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports that Eickhoff went a twinge in the fingertips of his right index and middle fingers late in Sunday’s outing after throwing a curve and on the subsequent pitch. The Phillies have paused Eickhoff’s rehab as a result and will evaluate him further.
Eickhoff went on the disabled list in late August last year due to nerve irritation in his right hand, so this latest setback could be related to that.
Eickhoff showed promise early in his career, posting a combined 3.44 ERA in 41 starts between 2015-16. He struggled to a 4.71 ERA last year before ending his season early with the nerve issue. Eickhoff was one of the many prospects the Phillies got from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade.