David Wright announced his return with authority tonight against the Phillies, slugging a long home run to the second deck in left field in his first at-bat since April 14. Check it out below:
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He couldn’t have written his return up much better than that. According to MLB Gameday, the ball went off the bat at 108 mph and traveled an estimated 428 feet.
Wright might not be able to be an everyday player down the stretch, as he will likely require regular rest to manage his spinal stenosis. However, he’s still capable of doing some serious damage, which is great news for a team with postseason aspirations.
Wright has now hit 20 home runs at Citizens Bank Park, the most by any visiting player.
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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