Athletics place Sean Doolittle back on the disabled list


Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle is back on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Angel Castro has been called up from Triple-A Nashville.

Doolittle had missed the first two months of the season due to a partial tear of his rotator cuff before making his season debut against the Tigers on May 27. The lefty, however, only topped out at 89 MPH against the Tigers and reportedly looked uncomfortable playing catch on Friday.

Tyler Clippard will continue serving as the team’s closer while Doolittle is out. He’s 6-for-7 converting saves thus far with a 2.53 ERA and a 17/12 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings.

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.