Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has a “slight ligament tear” in thumb

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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak announced that seven-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has a “slight ligament tear” in his left thumb, which he injured Sunday in a play at the plate against the Cubs.

Mozeliak expressed optimism that Molina will be able to play again this season, but he’ll be shut down for at least 5-7 days and the Cardinals are left with light-hitting longtime backup Tony Cruz as their primary catcher with just two weeks remaining until the playoffs.

Molina’s offensive production has been underwhelming this season with a .270 batting average and four homers in 136 games for a .660 OPS that is his lowest mark since 2006 and 156 points below his combined .816 OPS from 2011-2014. Of course, even in a down year Molina is a better hitter than Cruz–a lifetime .215 hitter with a .551 OPS–and being without the seven-time Gold Glove winner defensively is the real loss.

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.