Denard Span posts video to show he’s healthy after hip surgery


Denard Span is four months removed from hip surgery and trying to find a new home as a 31-year-old free agent, so the former Nationals and Twins center fielder took to Twitter with this video showing him jumping hurdles:

Span has been linked to a few teams recently, but most interested suitors seem understandably hesitant to make a multi-year commitment given his uncertain health status.

When healthy he’s consistently been an above-average all-around center fielder, hitting .300 in both 2014 and 2015 while topping a .700 OPS in each of the past four seasons.

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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