Ian Kennedy on track to return from the disabled list Saturday

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Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy landed on the disabled list after exiting his season debut on April 9 with a mild left hamstring strain, but Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that he’s on track to return Saturday against the Dodgers.

Kennedy threw 81 pitches over six innings today in an extended spring training game and Padres manager Bud Black said he “felt good” and “had no issues with the hamstring.” He’ll rejoin the team on Tuesday to be re-evaluated, but all signs point to him being activated for his next turn. Odrisamer Despaigne has been filling in, but he’ll presumably be moved back to the bullpen.

Kennedy, 30, is coming off a decent bounceback season where he posted a 3.63 ERA with a career-high 207 strikeouts over 201 innings.

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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