Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts made an early exit during Saturday’s contest against the Orioles after bruising his left foot on a collision with Chance Sisco. Betts took a walk to open the first inning and came home to score on an Andrew Benintendi RBI double, where he ran into Sisco at the plate. He was stretched out on the ground for a few seconds after the collision, but was able to walk off the field and stayed in the game another two innings before making his final departure prior to the fourth.
There’s no announced timetable for Betts’ return, but he’s day-to-day for the time being and will likely be cleared to rejoin the Red Sox within the week. He’s impressed so far this season, slugging .360/.450/.620 with nine extra-base hits and a 1.070 OPS in 60 plate appearances.
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.”