Phillies designate for assignment Grady Sizemore

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To make room for Cody Asche’s return to the roster and the outfield the Phillies have designated for assignment Grady Sizemore.

There was some speculation that Philadelphia would trade Ben Revere and that may still happen, but in the meantime they cut bait on the 32-year-old former All-Star who’s struggled to re-establish himself as a useful regular since injuries derailed his career.

Sizemore hit just .250 with three homers and a .657 OPS in 99 games for the Phillies since they acquired him in the middle of last season and he hasn’t topped a .725 OPS in a season since 2009.

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.