Athletics designate Eric O’Flaherty for assignment

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The Athletics announced on Twitter that reliever Eric O’Flaherty has been designated for assignment. Pitcher Aaron Brooks, acquired from the Royals in the Ben Zobrist trade, has been recalled from Triple-A Nashville to take the vacant spot on the roster.

O’Flaherty, 30, struggled in 21 1/3 innings with the A’s, posting a 5.91 ERA with a 15/13 K/BB ratio. The lefty spent some time on the disabled list between May 1 and June 4 due to inflammation in his left shoulder. O’Flaherty is owed the remainder of his $5.5 million salary for the year.

Manager Bob Melvin said it was a tough call to cut O’Flaherty, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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.