Byron Buxton time in Minnesota, as Twins lose Aaron Hicks to hamstring injury

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UPDATE: It’s official. Buxton is on his way back to the Twins.

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As if getting swept in a three-game series at Yankee Stadium wasn’t bad enough, now the Twins have placed center fielder Aaron Hicks on the disabled list with a hamstring injury suffered during today’s game.

It’s a shame, because after struggling in both 2013 and 2014 the former top prospect has finally found his footing in the majors by hitting .272 with eight homers and a .738 OPS in 69 games.

No official announcement has been made yet, but every indication is that the Twins will call up stud prospect Byron Buxton from Triple-A to replace Hicks on the roster and in center field. It was Buxton’s thumb injury after just 11 games with the Twins in June that re-opened the door for Hicks to get another extended chance in Minnesota.

Buxton was demoted to Triple-A once he got healthy, but he’s gotten in a hit in all 13 games there and is batting over .400 for Rochester. It’s unfortunate that it may take a Hicks injury for Buxton to rejoin the Twins, but he absolutely deserves another chance to live up to the hype at age 21.

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.