Michael Brantley’s shoulder is giving him problems again

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Potentially bad news in Cleveland. Michael Brantley is dealing with fatigue in his surgically-repaired right shoulder.

Brantley didn’t start Tuesday or Wednesday (the Tribe had yesterday off) and he’s finding that the more he plays the worse his shoulder is holding up. This occurred during spring training as well so it may just be a chronic thing he battles all year and for which he’ll simply need more days off. It’s being portrayed as good news by the Indians inasmuch as he says he’s feeling better with the rest.

Still, the production is lacking thus far. He’s batting only .231/.279/.282 with no homers in 43 plate appearances this season. Worth watching.

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.”