Padres lose setup man Brandon Maurer to shoulder injury

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Right-hander Brandon Maurer has been one of the biggest bright spots for the Padres this season, emerging as a quality setup man after they acquired him from the Mariners for outfielder Seth Smith.

However, after posting a 2.11 ERA in the first half Maurer has struggled in the second half and now he’s been placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

General manager A.J. Preller told Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune that the Padres expect the injury to be a minor one and “just want to give him a two-week breather and have him finish the year strong.”

Maurer, who struggled as a starter for the Mariners, has a 3.00 ERA and 39/15 K/BB ratio in 51 innings overall this season and seven of the 17 earned runs he’s allowed all year have come in the past two weeks.

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.”