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Dustin Pedroia ruled out for the season

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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the season. The Red Sox also announced that, back in July, he underwent a cleanup procedure on his left knee. So, yeah, him coming back was never in the cards to begin with. Which was probably obvious given that the Red Sox went out and got Ian Kinsler around the time of Pedroia’s surgery.

Pedroia had his left knee surgically repaired last October and didn’t debut in 2018 until late May. And it wasn’t much of a 2018 as he appeared in only three games, going 1-for-11, before landing back on the DL where he has been ever since.

The Sox are saying that there is nothing new that is wrong with Kinsler, but that it’s merely a matter of running out of time in the season to get him back in action. They expect him to be ready to go for the beginning of 2019. Guess we’ll see.

Ned Yost to retire as Royals manager

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The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.

The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.

Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: