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Jed Lowrie out an additional few weeks due to strained hamstring

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Mets infielder Jed Lowrie was set to come off of the injured list to make his season debut, but the veteran suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain and will miss another few weeks, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. Lowrie had been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse, working his way back from a sprained left knee capsule, and apparently suffered the injury on Saturday, the last time he played.

The Mets and Lowrie, 35, agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract in January. Lowrie had two very good seasons with the A’s in 2017-18, batting an aggregate .272/.356/.448 with 37 home runs and 168 RBI across 1,325 plate appearances.

Todd Frazier and J.D. Davis have handled third base. Davis has performed well while Frazier has… not. There was some thought that Frazier might have been designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Lowrie, but the Mets will now get an additional few weeks to think about that.

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.