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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.

Puig takes swing at Hundley, both ejected as benches clear

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig took a swing at San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley and both players were ejected during a benches-clearing scrap in the seventh inning Tuesday night.

Puig swatted his bat in frustration after fouling off a pitch from Tony Watson, and Hundley said something to the mercurial slugger while still in his crouch. Puig turned around and walked toward Hundley, the catcher stood up, and they stood face to face and argued for a moment before Puig shoved Hundley twice.

That brought players out of the benches and bullpens. Puig and Hundley were momentarily separated, but Puig ducked around teammates, coaches and manager Dave Roberts before reaching back to hit Hundley. He smacked Hundley with an open hand across the front of his catcher’s mask.

The players were then separated again for good. After discussing with both managers, the umpires ejected both Puig and Hundley.

It was the fourth career ejection for Puig, who had also got into a skirmish with Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in 2014.