Ryan Zimmerman takes batting practice

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So much of the injury news this time of year seems hopeless and pointless. So-and-so is hoping to play on such-and-such a date. This guy may throw a bullpen session and could start whenever. Never mind that their teams are all but eliminated and the point of their getting back on the field is more about moral victories than anything else. Obviously they have to do what they have to do, but that kind of news makes me sad because it reminds us that two-thirds of the teams are basically in wind-down mode and the regular season will soon be over. It’s a real bummer.

So when you see a rehab story that does have some sort of point to it, well, that’s way better. This has a point to it:

If Zimmerman can get back, he can help the playoff-bound Nats. Either off the bench or in platoon situations or whatever. It matters if he can play in ways that it doesn’t matter if so-and-so on the other team can.

Sorry. Didn’t mean to go all emotional with that. But the end of the season bums me out a lot. It’s over in less than three weeks. Sure, we’ll have a month of playoffs and those are great, but it’s not the regular season. The regular season rules. And now it’s almost over.

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.”