Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Stagnant Padres fire GM Byrnes

SAN DIEGO — The struggling Padres fired GM Josh Byrnes on Sunday.

Padres president and CEO Mike Dee said in a statement that the team will begin a search for a new GM immediately. In the interim, senior vice president for baseball operations Omar Minaya and assistant GMs A.J. Hinch and Fred Uhlman will share Byrnes' role.

Minaya was the Mets GM from 2005-10.

"This ownership group is committed to fielding a team that consistently competes for postseason play," Dee said. "Thus far this season, the results on the field have been mixed at best and clearly have not lived up to expectations. After a lengthy evaluation of every facet of our baseball operations, we have decided to make this change today."

Byrnes was hired by the Padres as senior vice president for baseball operations in December 2010 and was promoted to GM 10 months later. After finishing 76-86 in his first two seasons, the Padres are 32-43 and 121/2 back in the NL West.

BANGED-UP JAYS: Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista and 3B Brett Lawrie left with injuries. Lawrie left in the middle of the second inning with a broken right index finger after being hit by a pitch. Bautista left with tightness in his left leg in the top of the third and is scheduled for an MRI exam today.

CARDS staff ailing: Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha and LHP Jaime Garcia are headed to the disabled list with shoulder injuries. Wacha has a stress reaction and will be shut down for two weeks, and Garcia has discomfort in his surgically repaired shoulder.

TOP PROSPECT HURT: Astros minor-league SS Carlos Correa, one of baseball's best prospects, appeared to seriously injure his right ankle Saturday night in a game for Class A Lancaster. Correa, the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, was headed to Houston for further tests.

GOOSE HONORED: Hall of Fame closer Goose Gossage was honored by the Yankees on Old-Timers' Day with a plaque to be put in Monument Park. "This is the greatest day I've ever had," he told the Yankee Stadium crowd.

GIANTS: CF Angel Pagan missed a sixth straight game with back inflammation and may be headed for the disabled list. OF Michael Morse sat out with a back injury suffered Saturday but expects to be in the lineup tonight.

MARLINS: INF Rafael Furcal went on the 15-day disabled list a day after re-injuring his left hamstring. Furcal has played in only nine games this season because of injuries.

REDS: 2B Brandon Phillips left the game in the middle of the fifth with a bruised right heel.

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