The familiar leg kick was in the batting cage yesterday as Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson tested out his sore calf for the first time with some hacks.
Donaldson is rehabbing a calf injury he suffered last week while running wind sprints at the Blue Jays spring training facility in Dunedin. There is no question the Blue Jays medical staff is being overly cautious with the former MVP in the early stages of the spring.
The third baseman spoke to Jamie Campbell of Sportsnet after the cage session and had some reassuring comments on his progress.
"It was good, you know it’s been a while since I have taken batting practice but it feels good to be back out there."
Donaldson reiterated that:
"There is no timeline as he needs to keep listening to what his body is telling him every day however it’s a step in the right direction. Very happy with the progress and how his body has responded to the treatments."
To listen to the interview in its entirety click HERE.
The face of the franchise has yet to begin running on the wonky calf and stated that would be the next step in the rehab, however, there is no timeline for when that will happen.
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Donaldson followed up his MVP campaign last season slashing .284/.404/.549 with 37 home runs and 99 runs batted in. The hot corner specialist has accumulated over 700 plate appearances in each of the last two seasons.
A healthy Donaldson is paramount for the Blue Jays prospects of contending in 2017 and a lineup without the slugger for an extended period of time is troubling at best for John Gibbons and company.
However, all reports point to Donaldson being healthy and available for the opening day in Baltimore.