Matheny interviews for Cardinals' opening

Matheny interviews for Cardinals' opening

ST. LOUIS -- A third name, but not a fourth, was added to the Cardinals' list of interviewees for their vacant manager's job on Friday. Former Redbirds catcher Mike Matheny, who currently serves as a special assistant to general manager John Mozeliak, interviewed on Friday, a Cardinals source said.

Not interviewing Friday, the source said, was Terry Francona. The former Red Sox manager had been reported to be in line for an interview Friday, but at this time, the source said that Francona has not met with the club. The Cardinals are seeking a replacement for Tony La Russa, who retired Monday after 16 seasons at the helm.

Matheny, 41, played the bulk of his Major League career with St. Louis, winning three of his four Gold Gloves as a member of the Cardinals. He retired due to the effects of a concussion he suffered in 2006 while playing for the Giants.

Over 13 Major League seasons, Matheny batted .239 with a .293 on-base percentage, a .344 slugging percentage and 67 home runs. He was widely regarded as among the best defensive catchers in the game for much of his career, if not the best.

In recent years, he has served as a catching instructor and special assistant in the Cardinals organization. Even during his playing days, Matheny was considered a candidate to coach or manage at some point, but he has yet to spend any time as a coach or manager on a big league staff.

The Cardinals do not intend to hold any interviews on Monday, but could interview one or two more candidates on Tuesday. They interviewed Joe McEwing and Chris Maloney on Thursday.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.