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Umpire Joe West exits game after being hit by Bo Bichette’s backswing


Umpire Joe West left Thursday’s game between the Nationals and Blue Jays following the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff batter Bo Bichette appeared to make contact with West’s facemask on his backswing after offering at an Erick Fedde fastball. West was clearly bleeding on the side of his face.

West exited the game and Vic Carapazza took over as the home plate umpire. The remainder of Thursday’s game will be manned by three umpires.

When play resumed, Bichette doubled and later scored on a Lourdes Gurriel Jr. single that dropped in shallow left field, giving the Jays an early 1-0 lead. Fedde is starting in place of Stephen Strasburg, who is dealing with nerve irritation.

West’s status should be known later tonight or tomorrow. It didn’t look serious but you can never be too careful with head injuries, though West might argue otherwise.

Diamondbacks place Bumgarner on IL with back strain

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PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain.

The left-hander was lifted after two innings Sunday against San Diego due to back spasms.

The Diamondbacks placed Bumgarner on the injured list Monday and selected the contract of right-hander Jeremy Beasley from their alternate training site.

Bumgarner allowed six runs on five hits in two innings against the Padres to remain winless since signing an $85 million, five-year deal with Arizona last offseason. The four-time All-Star has seen his velocity dip into the upper 80s this season and has a 9.35 ERA after Sunday’s start.

Bumgarner was a four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion in 11 seasons with San Francisco.

Beasley will be making his major league debut.