Jose Bautista receives cortisone shot in ailing shoulder

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Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista hasn’t been able to play in the field since April 21 due a nagging shoulder injury, but he hopes to change that soon.

According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, Bautista received a cortisone shot in his shoulder on Sunday. The injury has been described as a “right shoulder strain” until now, but Bautista revealed to reporters on Monday that he’s dealing with “inflammation inside the shoulder joint which causes an impingement.” Options for treatment include rest and exploratory surgery, but he determined that a cortisone shot was “the least invasive but most aggressive next step.”

Bautista has missed the last two games and will resume a throwing program on Tuesday to see if the cortisone shot did its job. The Blue Jays play three games next week against the Nationals under National League rules and have a two-game series against the Mets in New York from June 15-16, so the Blue Jays won’t have the luxury of using him in the DH spot.

Bautista is batting just .215 through 40 games this season, but he has seven home runs and a .364 on-base percentage to go along with an .817 OPS.

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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