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Adam Wainwright gets closer to return with simulated game

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Carlos Martinez is done for the year with a shoulder injury, but the idea of Adam Wainwright pitching for the Cardinals during the postseason is getting closer to becoming a reality.

According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Wainwright threw a successful simulated game this afternoon at Busch Stadium. The veteran right-hander threw approximately 27 pitches against the likes of Matt Adams and Randal Grichuk while also doing some fielding work at first base.

Wainwright was originally expected to miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left Achilles in late April, but he has been determined to make it back all along. The hope now is that he’ll be able contribute as a reliever during the Cardinals’ playoff run. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that he could make his return next week. You might remember that he did pretty alright as a reliever in the 2006 postseason.

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.”