Tim Collins out for the season after Tommy John surgery

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Royals left-hander Tim Collins underwent Tommy John elbow surgery Wednesday and will miss the entire season.

Collins missed time with elbow problems last season and exited his spring training debut with elbow tightness, which an MRI exam showed to be from ligament damage.

Collins has been very solid out of the Royals’ bullpen since debuting in 2011 as a 21-year-old, throwing 211 innings with a 3.54 ERA and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings to offset shaky control. His absence seemingly increases the odds of Brandon Finnegan cracking the opening Day roster, as a reliever.

He’ll be paid $1.45 million this season in his second year of arbitration eligibility and the Royals will have to decide whether to keep Collins for 2016 at roughly the same price tag.

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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