Marlins activate Christian Yelich from the disabled list

1 Comment’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins have activated outfielder Christian Yelich from the 15-day disabled list. To clear room for him on the roster, Reid Brignac was designated for assignment.

Yelich had been on the disabled list since April 20 due to a herniated disc in his back. He compiled a meager .200/.265/.222 triple-slash line with only one extra-base hit (a double) and four RBI in his first 49 plate appearances to begin the season.

Brignac batted .077 in 17 plate appearances, serving mostly as a bench bat for the Marlins.

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.”