Pablo Sandoval to visit Dr. James Andrews

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When Pablo Sandoval was placed on the disabled list, many of us raised an eyebrow. There had been no report of any incident which might have led to such an injury and the Sox placed him on the DL without doing an MRI or anything. The thinking was that the move was simply to eliminate a problem for a while and to push Sandoval to work on his conditioning.

Now, however, there is a basis for thinking that maybe there is something wrong with him after all, as Ken Rosenthal reports that Sandoval will receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

Guess we’ll see.

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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