Mitch Moreland was playing with a knee injury

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In yesterday’s deciding ALDS game between the Astros and Red Sox, Boston ran itself out of an inning when Mitch Moreland was sent home from second base and was nailed at the plate. He was out by a mile, actually.

I thought that send was bad to begin with, but it’s even worse in hindsight, as Moreland said after the game that he’s been nursing a knee injury. From WEEI.com:

While it was known that Moreland battled through a broken toe for much of the season, the first baseman told WEEI.com Monday night that trying to manage the ailment most likely led to a knee problem.

“It kind of fed into my knee a little bit, so I have to get that checked on and we’ll go from there,” he said. “I was able to fight through it. I made it, and now we have the offseason to take care of it.”

I wonder if third base coach Brian Butterfield knew his knee was bad when he got that green light. Oh well. Doesn’t matter now.

Moreland, who hit .246/.326/.443 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI over 149 games this season, will have the knee checked out this week to see if he needs surgery. He’ll be a free agent after the World Series.

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.