Mets place Jeurys Familia on 10-day IL with sore right shoulder

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The Mets announced on Wednesday that reliever Jeurys Familia has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder soreness. The contract of reliever Ryan O’Rourke was selected from Triple-A Syracuse.

Familia, 29, blew the save on Tuesday night against the Reds, surrendering two runs on three singles and a walk while recording two outs. He worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning prior to that. Thankfully for him and for the Mets, they ended up winning 4-3 in 10 innings. On the season, Familia is 0-for-2 in save situations with a 6.28 ERA and a 15/13 K/BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings.

Following Tuesday night’s game, manager Mickey Callaway gave Familia a vote of confidence, saying, “I saw a guy that was lights out for five outs.” Callaway added, “His stuff is undoubtedly there.”

O’Rourke, 31, put up a 4.61 ERA with 14 strikeouts and six walks in 13 2/3 innings with Syracuse to start the year. He’ll be used in low-leverage spots while Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo will likely pitch in setting up for closer Edwin Díaz.

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.