Homer Bailey will begin the season on Reds’ disabled list

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Making official what was expected, the Reds placed right-hander Homer Bailey on the disabled list to begin the season as he makes his way back from September flexor tendon surgery.

Bailey has avoided setbacks and the current hope is that he’ll be ready to come off the DL and rejoin the rotation in mid-April. He threw five innings in a minor-league Wednesday, but struggled somewhat.

Last season was the first year of his $105 million contract extension and Bailey started 23 games before being shut down, posting a 3.71 ERA and 124/45 K/BB ratio in 146 innings. He topped 200 innings in both 2012 and 2013.

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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