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Boone Logan is unlikely to pitch again in 2017

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MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that Indians’ lefty reliever Boone Logan has been shut down from throwing and could miss the remainder of the 2017 season. He sustained a left lat strain during an outing against the Giants last month and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on July 29. While he decided against surgery, the parameters of his recovery period are still unknown.

Logan, 32, was sidelined during his first run with the Indians after signing a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the club in February. The contract includes a $7 million option or $1 million buyout for the 2018 season. Prior to his injury, Logan worked as a lefty specialist behind team closer and fellow left-hander Andrew Miller, compiling a 4.71 ERA in 38 appearances and racking up a 3.9 BB/9 and career-best 12.0 SO/9 through 21 innings.

The Indians addressed their need for bullpen depth in the days leading up to the trade deadline, claiming right-handed reliever Diego Moreno off waivers and adding righty Joe Smith in a trade with the Blue Jays. Left-hander Craig Breslow was signed to a minor league contract earlier today, and should bolster the team’s relief corps with both Logan and Miller taking an indefinite hiatus on the disabled list.

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.