Athletics to activate Josh Reddick from the disabled list on Sunday

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MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that the Athletics are expected to activate Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. Reddick suffered a strained right oblique early in spring training, playing in only one game in Cactus League action.

Reddick, 28, batted .264/.316/.446 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 396 plate appearances last season. He made two trips to the disabled list, both for right knee problems, missing a total of 38 games.

Infielder Tyler Ladendorf will likely be optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Reddick on the roster. Reddick’s return likely means fewer at-bats for the red-hot rookie Mark Canha, who is batting .500 with a home run, two doubles, and six RBI to start the season.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.