Cubs promote Doug Davis to Triple-A as opt-out date looms

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Doug Davis signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs last month and after making one start at Single-A they’ve promoted him to Triple-A, with his first Iowa outing slated for tomorrow.

The promotion is key, because Davis’ contract allows him to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not in the majors by May 30, which leaves him at most 3-4 starts at Triple-A to convince the Cubs to call him up.

Davis 37 years old and his 2010 was wrecked by injuries, but prior to that he had an ERA under 5.00 in nine straight seasons and tossed 203 innings in 2009. If healthy he’s still a solid fourth or fifth starter.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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