Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson missed the first day of full workouts with a calf injury.
The former MVP felt something in his right calf and the Jays taking no chances sent him to be evaluated. Donaldson felt the tweak while running wind sprints and was sent for an MRI to gauge the exact seriousness of the injury.
This is not the first time the slugger has dealt with calf issues since being acquired by the Blue Jays. Donaldson pushed through a nagging calf issue in 2016 that hindered his offensive attack.
Blue Jays General Manager Ross Atkins addressed the media in regards to the injury stating: “What I can tell you is that Josh does a very good job of taking care of himself, he’s put himself in a great position this off-season, he’s in really good shape and he also recovers very well,” said Atkins. “When you factor all that in it mitigates the concern to some extent.”
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Shi Davidi of Sportsnet did tweet that the Blue Jays appear confident will be on track for opening day.
The third baseman was not the only regular absent from the first day of workouts as catcher Russell Martin was also shelved with flu-like symptoms.
Hopefully, Donaldson can rectify the calf issues now so they don’t reoccur when it counts. He is the last person the Blue Jays can afford to be sidelined for any amount of time during the season.