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Hunter Pence is going to be out two months with a torn hamstring

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When Hunter Pence was placed on the disabled list yesterday there was a sense that he may just miss a little time. Indeed, his manager, Bruce Bochy, said that Pence’s injury was similar to the one he suffered previously that led to a short DL stint. Nope: Pence is going to be sidelined for eight weeks.

It’s that bad. The hamstring tendon near the back of Pence’s right knee was — brace yourselves — torn completely off the bone. He’ll need surgery.

That had to hurt. And it hurts more than just Pence, as their outfielder is one of their key offensive contributors and a team leader. To bridge the gap the first place Giants will go with a combination of Jarrett Parker, Mac Williamson, Kelby Tomlinson and possibly Brandon Belt in the outfield to replace Pence. You can’t rule out a trade either, though it should be noted that the outfield market is pretty darn thin at the moment.

Tough break. Or tear. Whatever.

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.