Rays place Chris Archer on DL with abdominal strain

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The Rays announced on Tuesday that starter Chris Archer has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 3, with a left abdominal strain. Pitcher Diego Castillo has been recalled from Triple-A Durham.

Archer, 29, exited his start on Saturday against the Mariners after five innings after suffering the injury. He hits the DL with a 4.24 ERA and a 76/26 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings.

Archer was considered one of the players that could potentially be moved by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. His injury isn’t considered serious, so it likely doesn’t impact whether or not he will be traded. The right-hander is under contract through 2019 with two club options for 2020 and ’21.

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.