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Angels looking “inside and outside” for bullpen help


Angels closer Huston Street suffered an ugly-looking groin injury on Saturday night and the club is scrambling for bullpen help. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are looking “inside and outside the organization” for relievers, per GM Bill Stoneman.

Any reliever the Angels acquire from outside the organization would not be eligible for the post-season, if the Angels were to find themselves there. Vinnie Pestano, who spent most of the season with Triple-A Salt Lake, could be added to the 40-man roster. He had a 2.10 ERA in 34 1/3 innings with Salt Lake, but struggled in 11 2/3 innings at the major league level, allowing nine runs on 15 hits and eight walks with 13 strikeouts.

Street’s season is likely over. He’ll finish with a 3.18 ERA and a 57/20 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings while going 40-for-45 in save chances.

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.”

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