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Angels place Ian Kinsler on 10-day disabled list with groin strain

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The Angels placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 10-day disabled list with a left adductor strain on Saturday. The team has not yet revealed how severe the injury is nor how long Kinsler will be out of commission. They recalled infielder Nolan Fontana from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill his roster spot.

Kinsler was initially diagnosed with groin tightness last Tuesday, but appeared to work through the issue and was cleared to start against the Athletics during the Angels’ second game of the season on Friday. He was held back in the ninth inning — per manager Mike Scioscia’s postgame comments, the veteran infielder felt “a little fatigue” and wanted to play it safe — and was expected to stay off the field during Saturday’s game, even before he landed on the disabled list. While no immediate issue surfaced following the Angels’ 2-1 win over the A’s, it’s clear that this is a more serious injury than was first reported.

In the meantime, newly-converted third baseman Zack Cozart is slated to replace Kinsler at the keystone, with both Fontana and Jefry Marte as potential backups around the infield. It will be the second position change for the 32-year-old Cozart, who moved from short to the hot corner this spring after the Angels targeted Kinsler in a trade with the Tigers.

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.