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April 18, 2017
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson reportedly could miss up to a month of action while recovering from a calf injury.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports passed along an updated timeline Tuesday morning, with sources stating the ailment is expected to sideline the slugger two to four weeks.
Calf problems have plagued Donaldson, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday, since spring training.
After missing time during the exhibition slate with one calf issue, he left an April 9 clash with the Tampa Bay Rays due to tightness in the muscle. He returned to action as a pinch hitter two days later but was forced to exit last Thursday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles after another setback.
Last Wednesday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com noted the infielder said the current problem is unrelated to the one he dealt with during the spring.
“This is a completely different spot on my calf,” Donaldson said. “My calf is a lot better today than it was just yesterday.”
Alas, the latest recurrence of calf pain leaves the struggling Blue Jays in a tough spot. They are already in danger of letting the season slip away following a 2-10 start in the tough AL East, but rushing one of their best hitters back could lead to the injury lingering all year.
Chris Coghlan figures to receive a lion’s share of the playing time at third until Donaldson is cleared to return. Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney could also see some spot starts, but the drop off in offensive production from the position will be massive given Donaldson’s MVP-level upside.
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