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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
Contract: view contract details

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Josh Donaldson is absent from the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.
Among the Jays' regulars, Kendrys Morales and Russell Martin are also sitting out the finale. Darwin Barney is at third base. Oct 1 - 11:50 AM

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Josh Donaldson went 0-for-3 but drove in a run during Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

He lifted a sacrifice fly to left field that plated Ezequiel Carrera with the Blue Jay's only run of the afternoon. The former MVP third baseman struggled through an injury-plagued first half but has resumed his place among the game's most elite hitters since the All Star break. He has a .270/.385/.559 slash line with 33 home runs and 78 RBI despite missing nearly two months' worth of games this year.
Sep 30 - 4:22 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Cardinals "are expected to strongly pursue" Josh Donaldson this offseason.

The Cards were also connected to Donaldson for a time prior to the July 31 trade deadline. The fit makes sense from St. Louis' perspective, as they really need at least one big bat to add to their lineup and they could shift Jedd Gyorko to another position or just use him all over the infield. However, all indications have been that the Blue Jays intend to try competing in 2018, so they might wait to see where they are next July before considering dealing Donaldson or any other major asset. Donaldson leads the American League with 24 home runs since the All-Star break and is arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter.
Sep 29 - 11:48 AM

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-5 with a pair of solo homers off Boston's Chris Sale on Tuesday.

Donaldson is 6-for-8 with three homers the last two days. He has 10 homers in September after hitting 12 in the month of August. Let's not write him off as one of baseball's top five players just yet.
Sep 26 - 10:40 PM

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-3 with a homer and a walk Monday in the Blue Jays' 6-4 defeat of the Red Sox.

Donaldson's blistering finish to the 2017 campaign rolls on. He hit a solo shot off Blue Jays starter Drew Pomeranz in the top of the first, a two-run double off Pomeranz in the top of the second, and then he singled against reliever Carson Smith in the top of the seventh. Donaldson, a trade candidate this winter, has lifted his season OPS up to .935. He's sitting on 31 homers and 75 RBI in 109 games played.
Sep 25 - 10:26 PM

Josh Donaldson went a perfect 4-for-4 with two homers, a stolen base and four runs scored in the Blue Jays' 7-3 win over the Twins on Saturday.

Donaldson wasted little time greeting Adalberto Mejia back from the disabled list, jumping on a high fastball in the first inning and depositing it into the left field bleachers. He then bookended that homer with another solo job in the ninth, this one just out of the reach of center fielder Byron Buxton. The 31-year-old now has 28 homers, 69 RBI and 56 runs scored to go with a .266/.389/.542 line in 101 games. Injuries limited his availability earlier this season, but Donaldson is looking to finish strong ahead of a hopefully more productive 2018 season.
Sep 16 - 11:50 PM

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-3 win over the Twins on Friday.

Donaldson, who missed time last week with an illness, had been in a little 3-for-22 slump his previous six games (two before sitting out, four since returning). Tonight's homer was his 26th in 354 at-bats this year.
Sep 16 - 12:03 AM

Josh Donaldson (illness) went 0-for-2 with two walks in his return to action Monday against the Orioles.

Donaldson missed four straight starts while battling a stomach bug, but he should be find moving forward. After a monster August, Donaldson is batting .192 (5-for-26) with two homers, six RBI, and six walks to start September.
Sep 12 - 9:17 AM

Josh Donaldson (illness) remained out of the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

Donaldson has now missed three straight starts due to a nasty stomach bug. Darwin Barney will cover third base.
Sep 10 - 10:50 AM

Josh Donaldson (illness) remained out of the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

Donaldson was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to an illness that's going around the Jays' clubhouse and he's still feeling under the weather on Saturday. Darwin Barney will start in his place at the hot corner and bat seventh against Chad Bell and the Tigers.
Sep 9 - 12:45 PM

Josh Donaldson was scratched from the Blue Jays' lineup Friday due to illness.

A bug has been going around the Jays' clubhouse and Donaldson has caught it. He should be ready in a day or two. Richard Urena has been added to the lineup in his place and will play shortstop, while Darwin Barney will slide over to third base.
Sep 8 - 4:44 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that the Blue Jays "won’t consider trading Josh Donaldson unless they could find a trade that improves them for the 2018 season."

As Heyman notes, that probably means the star third baseman "almost surely isn’t going anywhere" this winter. Although the Blue Jays have disappointed in 2017, they think they still have the pieces to contend in 2018 so they're not going to give up Donaldson unless they get major league-ready assets in return. That makes finding a trade partner difficult. Hanging on to Donaldson this offseason before re-assessing at next year's deadline makes sense for Toronto.
Sep 8 - 11:07 AM

Josh Donaldson singled, drew a walk, and belted a three-run homer Sunday in the Blue Jays' loss to the Orioles.

It was his second straight game with a three-run shot. Donaldson had a huge month of August and looks primed for an even better September. For the season, he's rocking a .918 OPS with 25 home runs and 64 RBI in 93 games.
Sep 3 - 5:47 PM

Josh Donaldson finished 3-for-5 with a three-run homer that proved to be the difference in the Blue Jays' 7-2 win over the Orioles on Saturday.

The homer, his 24th of the year, padded the Jays' lead in the seventh inning. Injury has marred Donaldson's season, but he's coming off easily his best month, a month in which he hit .289/.421/.711 with 12 homers and 27 RBI, so perhaps he can finish the year strong ahead of a healthy and productive 2018 season. The 31-year-old is hitting .258/.382/.526 with 24 homers, 61 RBI and 50 runs scored overall.
Sep 2 - 11:18 PM

Josh Donaldson is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Darwin Barney will start at third base and bat seventh versus Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello. This looks to be a routine breather for Donaldson.
Aug 30 - 3:35 PM

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1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Darwin Barney
3Rob Refsnyder
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Ryan Goins
3Richard Urena
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Steve Pearce
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Ramon Santiago
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
2Teoscar Hernandez
3Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
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8Tom Koehler
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8Tim Mayza
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