Josh Donaldson hasn’t been right all season long. And while he’s been playing through it, the Blue Jays are placing him on the 10-day DL.
“We’ve placed 3B Josh Donaldson on the 10-day DL (right shoulder inflammation).”
This makes more sense as to why manager John Gibbons didn’t use him as a pinch-hitter Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Donaldson’s shoulder has been bothering him all season long. But he doesn’t seem to know the exact cause.
“I dona��t want to say the weather had something to do with it, but ita��s one of those things where you get me going and now if Ia��m getting ready for a game, I might as well have played it, you know what I mean? Ita��s not like I can just get off the bench and go out there.”
But here’s where his shoulder is at now: it’s exactly the same.
“Ita��s the same. There hasna��t been any regression but it hasna��t drastically improved where I feel 100 per cent about it.”
The 2015 MVP is now in his fourth season with the Blue Jays. Over the previous three, he’s slashing .285/.387/.559 with 94 doubles and 111 home runs. And while his average is down to start the 2018 season (.239/.352/.457), he has three home runs while still showing the ability to get on base at a high rate.
Now he just needs to get healthy. And more than that, the Blue Jays need him to.