Blue Jays place Jose Reyes on disabled list with cracked rib

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Jose Reyes has been trying to play through a small crack in his left rib, but he’ll now get an extended absence, as the Blue Jays have announced that the veteran shortstop has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Jonathan Diaz was called up from Triple-A Buffalo to take his place on the active roster.

Reyes sat out last weekend due to the injury. A switch-hitter, he’s been limited to hitting from the right side since his return and he’s just 3-for-23 (.130) with zero extra-base hits over his last six games. The results haven’t been there and the discomfort has apparently lingered, so rest sounds like the best course of action.

Ryan Goins, who started Sunday in place of Reyes, and Diaz figure to see most of the playing time at shortstop for now.

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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