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Matt Wieters undergoes surgery on left hamstring

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Matt Wieters, who injured his left hamstring a week ago and landed on the DL last Friday, underwent surgery Wednesday and will miss an undisclosed amount of time.

The Nationals’ announcement today came as a surprise, as there hadn’t been anything from the team to suggest that Wieters’ injury was more than a typical strain. No further details regarding the procedure were provided, so there’s no telling when he might return. It’s safe to say it’s going to be quite a while before he’s back, though.

Wieters was off to a solid start this year, hitting .231/.342/.385 with three homers in 65 at-bats before getting hurt. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a big improvement on last year’s .225/.288/.344 line. The Nationals considered trying to move on from Wieters and sign Jonathan Lucroy over the winter. They also talked with the Marlins about J.T. Realmuto. One imagines they’ll start working the phones again now. However, they’re not in terrible shape with Pedro Severino as a starter. Severino has impressed this year, batting .275/.386/.356 in 73 at-bats.

Who are the candidates for the Cardinals managerial job?

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If you logged off over the weekend, you may not have heard that Mike Matheny was sacked as the Cardinals manager late Saturday night. I wrote about the reasons for this yesterday morning. Mike Shildt was named the interim manager and he will keep the job through the rest of the season. Between now and then the Cardinals’ brain trust is going to figure out who they want for the job full time.

Today Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch goes over a list of potential candidates. No, the Cardinals have not identified any officially, but Goold is a smart cookie and hears stuff and what wasn’t heard is informed speculation. At the very least, expect to hear many of the names he lists several times as the process goes on.

You gotta read his article to get the list, but there are a couple on there I want to talk about for a second.

The first one is Joe Girardi, who makes it because (a) he is the most prominent marquee manager who doesn’t have a job at the moment; (b) he played 16 games with the Cardinals in his final season; and (c) far more important than that is that he is tight with John¬†Mozeliak. But while Girardi seems like a perfect candidate for a club in win-now mode, I question whether he’s truly the right guy given that he left New York for many of the same reasons Matheny left St. Louis (i.e. not relating well with young players). We can’t overstate that, however, because Girardi is, by every other measure, a superior manager to Matheny, primarily when it comes to managing a bullpen, so his rapport with the kids is not the be-all, end-all.

Goold also mentions Mark McGwire. He’s obviously a legend in St. Louis and, unlike a lot of former players who talk about wanting to get into managing these days, McGwire has been putting in his time as a coach for a long, long time. He’s currently the Padres’ bench coach. I’d like to see McGwire get the job for petty, personal reasons: a lot of people would get really, really mad about a PED guy getting the gig, they’d say and write a lot of dumb stuff and that, for me, is the key to a lot of content. Not gonna lie about that.

A lot of other interesting names on that list too. And there will likely be a lot of people, beyond those who the Cardinals initially identify, who express interest in the job too. It’s a sweet gig with historic job security for a marquee franchise in a baseball city, so what’s not to like?