Pirates place Chad Kuhl on 10-day disabled list

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The Pirates placed right-hander Chad Kuhl on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain, per a team announcement on Friday. The move is retroactive to June 26 and will allow Kuhl to come off the DL during the club’s series against the Phillies next weekend, though it’s not yet clear exactly how long they expect him to be sidelined.

The 25-year-old righty appeared to suffer the injury during Tuesday’s start against the Mets. He turned in a solid four innings of two-run, four-strikeout ball, but experienced discomfort in his right forearm throughout his outing and was pulled prior to the fifth. Through Tuesday, Kuhl carries a 5-5 record in 16 starts with a career-high 4.55 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 across 85 innings. This appears to be the first significant arm injury of his career to date.

In a corresponding move, infielder Max Moroff was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. Moroff, 25, left Triple-A with a .258/.348/.455, five home runs and an .803 OPS in 155 PA, but hasn’t fared quite as well at the major league level. He’ll look to improve on his .215 average and three extra-base hits while playing off the bench.

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.