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Nationals place Kelvin Herrera on disabled list

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The Nationals’ bullpen crisis continues apace: today they placed Kelvin Herrera on the 10-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff impingement.

Herrera suffered the injury in a ninth-inning appearance last night against the Braves and is probably looking at much longer than 10 days on the shelf. Ryan Madson figures to handle the majority of save chances for the Nationals going forward, as Sean Doolittle is still rehabbing a foot injury. Greg Holland was just signed, but it’s unclear what level of leverage work he’ll see. And, as we’ve noted several times recently, Brandon Kintzer and Shawn Kelley were recently shipped out because of perceived character and attitude reasons. So that’s nice.

Aaron Boone receives one-game suspension for explosive tirade

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended and fined for his actions during Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rays. Boone was ejected from Game 1 after making contact with home plate umpire Brennan Miller and will not be available to manage the Yankees during their series opener against the Rockies on Friday.

The ejection was triggered by a missed strikeout call in the second inning of Game 1, prompting Boone to run out to home plate and deliver one of his lengthier and more bizarre rants of the season. Incensed by Miller’s shaky grasp of the strike zone, Boone repeatedly referred to his players as “f***ing savages” and told the umpire to “tighten this s**t up.”

Exactly when the illicit contact came into play remains unclear, but crew chief Gerry Davis later commented on the situation and said Boone had crossed some boundaries during his tirade. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch: “You’re not allowed to argue balls and strikes, so yeah. Yes he did [go too far]. That will all be in the report.”

In his own statements to the press, Boone defended his use of the word “savages,” claiming, “I always just want our guys all the time controlling the strike zone and making it hard on the pitchers. That’s something those guys take a lot of pride in as a lineup.” Several Yankees players, including Luke Voit and Aaron Judge, backed up the skipper’s decision to confront Miller as well, though Voit was the only player to explicitly support Boone’s use of the term.