Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson exited Monday’s game in the third inning when the plantar fasciitis in his left foot flared up.
Dickerson has been playing through the injury, which has derailed the careers of big-name athletes in multiple sports because of its tendency to linger. So far he’s 14-for-49 (.286) with two homers and an .824 OPS, but the bigger issue figures to be his ability to play defense.
Dickerson had a breakout 2014 season at age 25, hitting .312 with 24 homers and a .931 OPS that ranked fifth among all NL players.
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.”