Rangers catching prospect Jorge Alfaro was placed on the seven-day disabled list at Double-A Frisco on Friday due to an injury to a ligament in his left ankle. They’re facing the possibility he could miss the remainder of the season, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Rangers director of player development Mike Daly said, “He could be out for some meaningful time.”
Alfaro turned 22 years old on Thursday. He was rated the 31st-best prospect in baseball heading into the 2015 season according to Baseball Prospectus. In 207 plate appearances with Frisco, Alfaro was batting .253/.314/.432 with five home runs and 21 RBI.
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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