The last-place Reds fired Manager Dave Miley yesterday and promoted bench coach Jerry Narron to finish the season.
"We were not doing the things you've got to do every day," GM Dan O'Brien said. "We saw that things were not going to change."
At 27-43, the Reds were 181/2 games behind St. Louis in the NL Central. Cincinnati lost, 6-1, at home to St. Louis on Monday night in Miley's last game.
"We had huge expectations coming into the season, and we did not live up to them," Narron said.
Pitching coach Don Gullett also was fired. Vern Ruhle, the Reds' minor league pitching coordinator, will handle the job for the remainder of the season.
* GAGNE DONE: Dodgers closer Eric Gagne will have season-ending surgery to fix a sprained ligament in his right elbow.
Gagne had a second MRI exam yesterday and doctors concluded he needs Tommy John surgery, the team said. The all-star reliever has a second-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament and was recently placed on the 15-day DL.
Gagne, who owns the major league record of 84 consecutive saves, landed on the DL for the first time in his seven-year major league career on April 1 when he hurt his elbow, possibly while compensating for a knee injury suffered during spring training. It was the same elbow that underwent ligament replacement surgery in 1997.
He returned to action May 14 but aggravated the injury while pitching against Minnesota on June 12.
Gagne was 1-0 with eight saves and a 2.70 ERA in 131/3 innings since his return from the disabled list. Dating from last Aug. 28, he has converted 18 consecutive save opportunities. Gagne won the NL Cy Young Award in 2003 with a club-record 55 saves and a 1.20 ERA.
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