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Josh Donaldson | Third Baseman | #20

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Auburn
Drafted: 2007 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / CHC
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Josh Donaldson has begun to test his right calf strain.
Donaldson was placed on the disabled list earlier this month after aggravating his calf strain, but he's starting to make some progress. He has begun jumping activities, though the real test will be trying to run. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week that Donaldson is likely to miss 2-4 weeks, so he's looking at a return around early-to-mid May if all goes well. Apr 25 - 10:24 AM
Source: Sportsnet.ca

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According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Josh Donaldson (calf) is likely to miss 2-4 weeks.

Donaldson was placed on the disabled list on Friday after aggravating the right calf injury he originally suffered during spring training. The extended absence hurts, but will hopefully allow him to finally put the injury in the rear view mirror. The Blue Jays currently sit at 2-10 and are also missing Aaron Sanchez and J.A. Happ due to injury.
Source: FOX Sports
Apr 18 - 11:47 AM

Blue Jays placed third baseman Josh Donaldson on the 10-day disabled list with a strained calf.

Darwin Barney likely will get most of the starts at third base for at least the next 10 days. The Jays badly need Jose Bautista to step it up with Donaldson out.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Steve Pearce will be one of the primary beneficiaries of Donaldson's absence, at least from a lineup placement perspective. Pearce slots into the two-hole tonight against a foe he's fairly familiar with - Wade Miley. In 12 career ABs, Pearce has five hits including two HRs, and his numbers against LHP last year (.428 wOBA, .305 ISO, 45.2 hard%) suggest he should be far more expensive across the industry.
Apr 14 - 5:41 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Blue Jays are expected to place Josh Donaldson (calf) on the disabled list.

Donaldson first injured his right calf during spring training and he aggravated the injury on Sunday and again on Thursday. It's unclear at this point how long he might be sidelined, but clearly some rest is in need here. Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins are likely to hold down third base while Donaldson is on the shelf.
Apr 14 - 10:32 AM

Josh Donaldson was pulled from Thursday's game versus the Orioles after aggravating his right calf injury.

Donaldson missed time with a strained calf in spring training and appeared to aggravate the injury legging out an RBI double during the sixth inning. Jarrod Saltalamacchia pinch-ran for him at second base. Donaldson went 1-for-3 before exiting. The last thing the slumping Blue Jays need is an injury to their best player. The club should offer more on his status later Friday.
Apr 14 - 9:09 AM

Josh Donaldson returned to the starting lineup Wednesday and went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks as the designated hitter.

It turns out Donaldson's calf injury was not a major concern. He struggled with the ailment throughout spring training and aggravated it on Sunday. He sat out of the lineup on Tuesday but did manage a pinch-hit appearance. Today he went to the plate four times -- striking out once, walking twice and flying out to left field the only time he put the ball in play. Fantasy owners are just happy their perennial MVP candidate was back in action so soon.
Apr 12 - 10:00 PM

Josh Donaldson (calf) is serving as the Blue Jays' designated hitter on Wednesday against the Brewers.

Donaldson was held out of the starting lineup on Tuesday due to calf tightness, though he did appear as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. Kendrys Morales is starting at first base Wednesday versus Milwaukee.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: The Toronto RH bats are among the most appealing targets on tonight's slate against Chase Anderson, who struggles mightily against RH bats but doesn't fare particularly well against bats from either side of the plate. Part of the reason Anderson struggles against RH bats is because he has more of a lefty approach as a pitcher, utilizing his change-up often (about 25% of the time last season) while rarely topping out above 91-92 MPH with his fastball. Last season, he allowed a .394 wOBA to RH bats (.289 vs. LHs) with a whopping 17 HRs allowed (1.87 HR/9), so it's going to be hard not to look to a lineup loaded with RH bats.
Apr 12 - 3:53 PM

Josh Donaldson (calf) struck out as a pinch-hitter Tuesday in the Blue Jays' loss to the Brewers.

Donaldson was held out of the starting lineup with some mild calf tightness and Brewers closer Neftali Feliz got him swinging for the second out in a dominant ninth inning. The star third baseman is aiming to make a full return Wednesday.
Apr 12 - 8:22 AM

Josh Donaldson (calf) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Brewers.

Donaldson exited Sunday's game with right calf tightness, but he was still hoping to play in Tuesday's home opener. He doesn't feel well enough to start, but he's available off the bench. Consider him day-to-day. Ryan Goins will fill in at third base.
Apr 11 - 3:01 PM

Josh Donaldson (calf) said Sunday that he's optimistic he'll be able to play in Tuesday's home opener against the Brewers.

There was fear that Donaldson would require a trip to the disabled list after leaving Sunday's game with tightness in his right calf, but he's already responding to treatment which is very encouraging. Expect Donaldson to return to action early in the week.
Apr 9 - 5:53 PM

Josh Donaldson departed Sunday's game against the Rays in the top of the sixth inning with right calf tightness.

Uh oh. Donaldson busted it down the line as he tried to beat out a grounder and aggravated the same calf that bothered him throughout spring training. He limped off the field slowly and was replaced on defense for the bottom of the frame. The Blue Jays should have more on his status after the game, but it certainly looked like something that will send Donaldson to the disabled list.
Apr 9 - 3:09 PM

Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.

He walked and scored in the seventh inning, then drove in a run with a single to center in the eighth. The star third baseman finished fourth in the AL MVP voting last year after winning the award the year prior. He may make another run at the hardware after getting off to a hot start this year. He is batting .350/.458/.550 through 24 plate appearances. He does have an uncharacteristic nine strikeouts already but his owners shouldn't worry as whiffs have never been a problem in his career.
Apr 8 - 10:34 PM

Josh Donaldson reached base three times and smashed his first Grapefruit League homer on Tuesday versus the Phillies.

Donaldson doubled in the fourth inning and then took Hoby Milner deep in the fifth. He also drew a walk. They were the first two hits for the All-Star third baseman this spring in "official" games, as he got a slow start because of a calf injury. Hopefully he's rounding into form just in time for Opening Day.
Mar 28 - 11:13 PM

Josh Donaldson (calf) plans to make his first Grapefruit League start at third base on Wednesday.

Donaldson felt strong after making three plate appearances as the Jays' designated hitter Monday in his Grapefruit League debut. He suffered a right calf strain in mid-February, but it looks like the star third baseman is going to be 100 percent for Opening Day. Donaldson has remained a safe first-round pick.
Mar 20 - 3:39 PM

Josh Donaldson (calf) is making his Grapefruit League debut on Monday versus the Twins.

He'll start at DH and bat third. Donaldson suffered a right calf strain shortly after arriving at spring training, but he's being doing baseball activities for a couple of weeks now and should be fine for the start of the regular season if he can avoid further setbacks. The star third baseman batted .284/.404/.549 with 37 home runs and 99 RBI in 155 games last season for Toronto.
Mar 20 - 8:49 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Steve Pearce
2Ezequiel Carrera
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Mat Latos
7Casey Lawrence
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4Joe Biagini
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7J.P. Howell
8Glenn Sparkman
9Bo Schultz
10Dominic Leone
11Leonel Campos