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Joey Gallo headed to IL with hamate bone injury

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Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo will likely be placed on the 10-day injured list due to a hamate bone injury, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. It’s not clear when Gallo suffered his injury, but manager Chris Woodward said he had been dealing with hand soreness over the last week or so. Gallo will see a hand specialist before the Rangers make any official determinations.

Gallo, 25, is in the midst of a career year, so the injury is tremendously bad news. He’s hitting .253/.389/.598 with 22 home runs and 49 RBI in 297 plate appearances. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his young career.

The Rangers lost on Wednesday afternoon to fall back to .500. The club has four road games coming up against the Athletics followed by a two-game home set with the Mariners leading into the trade deadline. Gallo’s injury may push the Rangers towards going into sell mode.

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: