Johan Santana's status for Tuesday is still up in the air

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Mets left-hander Johan Santana departed his Thursday start against the Braves with a strained pectoral muscle.

The 31-year-old threw a bullpen session Sunday and reported feeling fine, but a decision won’t be made about his scheduled Tuesday appearance against the Nationals until he consults with team doctors later today.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel told the Associated Press that Santana will be scratched at any sign of any lingering pain or discomfort, which makes sense given that the club sits 13 games back in the National League East.  There’s no point in risking serious injury.

Santana, 31, has a 10-9 record, a 2.98 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 29 starts this season.  He’s fanned 144 batters and walked only 55 in 199 innings.

Joe Maddon ejected in eighth inning of NLCS Game 4 after umpires overturn a Wade Davis strikeout

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon was once again ejected from an NLCS game, this time in Game 4.

In the top of the eighth inning, closer Wade Davis found himself in a bit of a pickle. He gave up a leadoff home run to Justin Turner, cutting the Cubs’ lead to 3-2. Davis then walked Yasiel Puig. He was able to get Andre Ethier to pop up, bringing up Curtis Granderson. Granderson worked the count 2-2, then fouled off a pitch. And then he appeared to swing through a curve that bounced in the dirt. Catcher Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out, but Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, so it was a foul ball.

Wolf conferred with the other umpires. After a brief delay, the strikeout was overturned and Granderson was given new life in the batter’s box. Only… replays showed that Wolf got it right the first time.

Understandably, Maddon was livid. On the broadcast, one could see Maddon gesturing to the umpires to look at the replay on the video board behind the stands in left field. The argument fell on deaf ears and he was ejected. Thankfully for the Cubs, justice prevailed and Davis struck out Granderson on the next pitch.

It’ll be interesting to see if Maddon makes any political comparisons after the game. He likened the slide rule, the impetus behind his Game 1 ejection, to the soda tax.