Marlins right-hander Dan Straily was pulled from Friday’s start against the Pirates after just 4 2/3 innings. The righty appeared to experience some discomfort after delivering an 89.7-MPH fastball to Chris Archer and was evaluated by a team trainer before walking off the field. Per a team announcement, he’s day-to-day with a left oblique strain, though an exact timetable for his return to the rotation has yet to be determined.
Prior to his departure from the game, Straily allowed four hits and struck out four of 18 batters. The one blemish on his pitching line was a two-run homer from Josh Bell, who put the Pirates on the board in the second inning. The hurler was swiftly replaced by rookie reliever Tyler Kinley, who squeezed out of a jam with runners on the corners after inducing a full-count line out from Kevin Kramer to end the fifth.
This is the second injury Straily has sustained all year. He served a five-week stint on the disabled list after dealing with a right forearm strain, but was placed back in the rotation by the end of April and produced a 5-6 record in 23 starts with a 4.12 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 through 122 1/3 innings. With just over three weeks remaining in the regular season, he’ll need to make a speedy recovery in order to return to the mound before season’s end.
Straily wasn’t the only one who left Friday’s game with an injury, either. Following the pitcher’s departure in the sixth, Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco made an early exit of his own after injuring his left knee on a slide into second base. He was replaced by rookie Jordan Luplow.
The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.
Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:
I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.
In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.
“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”
Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.
For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.