Blue Jays’ Donaldson exits game with leg injury

Apr 9, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) looks on while at bat during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) looks on while at bat during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson exited today’s contest versus the Tampa Bay Rays with an apparent leg injury after attempting to beat out a ground ball hit to third base.

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson came up limping after hustling down the first base line in what initially looks to be another calf injury. The former MVP missed time during spring training with a strained calf muscle in what hopefully is not a recurring injury for the slugger.

The in-game prognosis was Donaldson left the contest with right calf tightness as he immediately walked off the field and headed down the tunnel followed by head trainer George Poulis. Ryan Goins came into play for Donaldson at the hot corner.

Donaldson is no stranger to calf injuries having battled the same ailment last season which saw his spend time as the designated hitter while the injury healed. The Jays have an off day tomorrow before opening up their first home series of the season on Tuesday.

This injury comes after the Blue Jays placed reliever J.P. Howell on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder soreness. The Jays recalled Dominic Leone who was just optioned for Casey Lawrence on Saturday after the bullpen took a beating Friday night.

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The Jays are expecting their closer Roberto Osuna back for the home opener on Tuesday versus the Milwaukee Brewers.

The team scuffling out of the gate and desperately need Donaldson in the lineup and ready to contribute if the Jays are going to string any sort of win streak together and stop the slide.

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