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Félix Hernández expected to miss four to six weeks with lat strain

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Mariners starter Félix Hernández has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his right lat muscle, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports. Hernández landed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday with what was called at the time a strained right shoulder.

Hernández, 33, has scuffled this season to a 6.52 ERA with a 34/8 K/BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings. He is likely pitching his final year in Seattle as his seven-year, $175 million contract will be complete at the end of the season.

Hernández’s 30’s have not treated him well. He made just 69 starts across three seasons from 2016-18 with an ugly 4.62 ERA.

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: