Cardinals Maddux Baseball

Then-Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux, right, embraces pitching ace Max Scherzer after a game last season. The Cardinals announced Thursday that Maddux has been hired to join their staff, replacing Derek Lilliquist.

ALEX BRANDON, ASSOCIATED PRESS

ST. LOUIS — Former Washington Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux has been hired by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Maddux replaces Derek Lilliquist on manager Mike Mathney's staff. He joins the Cardinals after spending the last two seasons in Washington, where he coached 2016 Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.

His departure comes after the Nationals announced last week that manager Dusty Baker wouldn't return next season.

Maddux previously worked as a pitching coach with the Texas Rangers.

In addition to Maddux's arrival, the Cardinals on Thursday announced that Triple-A pitching coach Bryan Eversgerd has been promoted to bullpen coach.

The Cardinals finished third in the NL Central this season. They missed the playoffs for the second straight year, the first time the franchise missed the postseason in back-to-back years since 2007-08.

Giants hire Herges: The San Francisco Giants on Thursday named former Illinois State pitcher Matt Herges as their bullpen coach.

Herges, a right-hander, pitched for eight different major league teams from 1999 to 2009 and compiled a 43-34 career record with a 3.91 ERA. He served a pitching coach in the Dodgers organization since retiring from action.

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