Yadier Molina ruled out for remainder of regular season

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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was diagnosed with a “slight ligament tear” in his left thumb last week and today the team announced that he will miss the reminder of the regular season.

Initially he was expected to be shut down for 5-7 days, but the odds of Molina coming back to play a regular season game were always slim and he’s no sure thing to be available in the playoffs either.

Tony Cruz is filling in for as the Cardinals’ primary catcher and his lifetime .217 batting average and .560 OPS make Molina’s underwhelming offensive production this season–.270 batting average, four homers, .660 OPS–look Ruthian by comparison.

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.