Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel was thrown out of Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers for hitting Matt Tuiasosopo in the helmet with a pitch.
Hammel allowed three consecutive homers before he plunked the Woodinville native and former Mariners prospect in the ear flap with a pitch the scoreboard said traveled at 82 mph.
The right-hander was immediately ejected by plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.
Hammel and Orioles manager Buck Showalter argued the ejection in Baltimore, to no avail.
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Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test showed a slight strain in Stephen Strasburg’s right side, and the team is hoping the right-hander can avoid the disabled list.
Strasburg left Friday night’s game against the Braves after two innings.
Johnson said there is no need to rush to a decision on Strasburg’s status for his next start on Thursday and that his next start could be pushed back if necessary.
BLUE JAYS’ MORROW ON DL
The Toronto Blue Jays placed right-hander Brandon Morrow on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain.
The former Mariners pitcher is 2-3 with a 5.63 ERA in 10 starts for Toronto this season. He left his previous start after two innings with arm soreness.
The club purchased the contract of right-hander pitcher Ramon Ortiz and recalled righty Mickey Storey, sending pitchers Chad Jenkins and Ricky Romero to Triple-A Buffalo.
The Cleveland Indians apologized to fans who attended Friday night’s game with Tampa Bay that had nearly five hours of rain delays and ended shortly before 3 a.m.
Team president Mark Shapiro met with reporters before Saturday’s game and said the team feels “terrible” about what took place Friday and will reach out to fans to show that.
The San Diego Padres placed closer Huston Street on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left calf muscle and optioned right-hander pitcher Nick Vincent to Triple-A Tucson. … The Arizona Diamondbacks placed right-hander Brandon McCarthy on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and recalled right-hander Randall Delgado from Triple-A Reno. … Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury sat out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive day because of tightness in his left groin. … The Tampa Bay Rays recalled right-hander Chris Archer and left-hander Alex Torres from Durham and optioned pitchers Jeff Beliveau and Josh Lueke to the Triple-A club. … The Washington Nationals placed outfielder Bryce Harper on the 15-day disabled list with bursitis in his left knee. Right-hander Erik Davis was called up from Triple-A Syracuse to pitch out of the bullpen. … The Chicago Cubs placed right-handed reliever Rafael Dolis on the disabled list because of a strained right forearm, and brought up right-handed reliever Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa. To make room on the 40-man roster for Parker, right-handed reliever Alex Burnett was designated for assignment. … Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford left Saturday’s game against the Rockies because of a left hamstring injury. Crawford was injured legging out a double in the third inning.