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MLB Notes: Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson to undergo MRI on sore right hip

Josh Donaldson was out of the Blue Jays lineup for the third straight day. (Fred Thornhill / FILE  Associated Press)
Josh Donaldson was out of the Blue Jays lineup for the third straight day. (Fred Thornhill / FILE Associated Press)

Reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson will have an MRI on his sore right hip Wednesday, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said before Toronto hosted Tampa Bay in a matinee.

Donaldson isn’t in the lineup for a third straight day. He jammed his hip stepping on first base in Sunday’s loss to Boston.

Donaldson was stuck in a career-worst seven game hitless streak when he got hurt. He’s 0 for 23 with seven strikeouts in that span.

Atkins said Donaldson’s hip hasn’t responded to treatment, and that the three-time All-Star third baseman was “miserable” about not being able to play.

Atkins said he expects Donaldson to travel with his teammates to the West Coast following Wednesday’s game. The Blue Jays begin a four-game series against the Angels on Thursday.

Donaldson has played in 138 of Toronto’s 144 games. He’s batting .284 with 34 homers and 92 RBIs.

Yanks’ Judge likely out for season

Yankees rookie right fielder Aaron Judge is likely done for the regular season because of a strained oblique.

Judge strained his right side Tuesday night taking a swing for the A.L. playoff contenders during a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 6-foot-7 Judge homered in his first major league at-bat on Aug. 13. The 24-year-old was hitting .179 with four home runs and 10 RBIs, while striking out 42 times in 84 at-bats.

Rob Refsnyder figures to play a lot in right field with Judge out. The Yankees also recalled outfielder Mason Williams from Triple-A before Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers. Williams made his big league debut last year and has been in the minors this season.

Marlins, Braves benches empty

The benches for the Miami Marlins and host Atlanta Braves emptied after Atlanta right-hander Jose Ramirez was ejected for his high, inside pitch to Miami ace Jose Fernandez.

No punches were thrown in the seventh-inning incident. Players from both teams crowded around Fernandez and catcher Tyler Flowers at the plate.

Another inside pitch from starter Julio Teheran sent Fernandez sprawling in the fifth. Teheran hit Martin Prado with a pitch in the sixth inning, when the Marlins took a 5-4 lead with four runs. Fernandez hit right fielder Nick Markakis on the hip with a fastball in the sixth.

There was no indication of a warning issued to the benches after Markakis was hit. Home plate umpire Marvin Hudson quickly tossed Ramirez after his inside pitch to Fernandez.

Speier steps in for Baker

Manager Dusty Baker was not with the Washington Nationals when they close their three-game series against the New York Mets because of a death in the family. Bench coach Chris Speier managed the team in Baker’s absence.

The Nationals say Baker is expected to rejoin the team on Friday night for its series opener with the Atlanta Braves.

On Tuesday, the Mets pulled within nine games of Washington in the N.L. East and remained a half-game ahead of St. Louis in the N.L. wild-card race.

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