Cardinals designate Aledmys Diaz for assignment

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In this era of Major League Baseball, a failed seven-figure agreement with a player isn’t a huge blow.

But it’s not an insignificant bit of news either.

Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals have designated Aledmys Diaz for assignment — a 24-year-old Cuban infielder who was signed out of Cuba last March for four years, $8 million. The move opened up a 40-man roster for Dan Johnson, who is starting at first base for the Cardinals on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

Diaz was batting just 235/.292/.344 with three home runs and 21 RBI through 67 games this season at Double-A Springfield. He’ll probably pass through waivers because of the money he is owed, but his future in baseball is not particularly bright.

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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