Yan Gomes ahead of schedule in recovery from knee injury

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Indians catcher Yan Gomes is far enough ahead of schedule in his comeback from a sprained right knee that he could be cleared for a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as Friday, according to manager Terry Francona.

Gomes suffered a sprained MCL on April 11 and was initially expected to miss 6-8 weeks. In his absence Roberto Perez has served as Cleveland’s primary catcher, hitting just .161 with three homers and a .639 OPS in 22 games.

Gomes appeared in just five games before the injury, but had a breakout 2014 season that saw him hit .278 with 21 homers and a .785 OPS while ranking among the league’s best defensive catchers.

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.