Blue Jays Injury Update: Donaldson, Morales & More
Even though the Blue Jays have been winning ballgames, they still have a significant portion of their lineup on the shelf with injuries. Recently, we got some updates on the status of some of the Jays’ biggest bats.
Kendrys Coming Back
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, Kendrys Morales will be activated when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday. A separate tweet from Hazel Mae, also of Sportsnet, showed Morales running up the first base line on Tuesday before the doubleheader. In this video, Kendrys appeared to be running well, showing no sign of injury.
Morales, 34, was slashing .227/.364/.644 in 22 at bats before tweaking his hamstring last week. While it’s unclear as to whether or not he’ll see significant playing time upon his return, John Gibbons made it clear that he will be activated once he’s eligible to come off the disabled list.
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Unknown Timeline for Josh Donaldson
Shi Davidi reports that Josh Donaldson will need longer than 10 days on the disabled list before being ready to come back. Nicholson-Smith confirmed that Donaldson will need longer than the minimum 10 days, and also added that while his timeline is unclear, it is all but certain that he will not appear in this weekend’s series against the Yankees.
As terrible as it sounds, the Jays have been better off without their star player. Since Josh Donaldson was placed on the disabled list, the Blue Jays have won every game they’ve played. Granted, they’ve only played four games since then, but it’s still interesting in itself. So far this year, Donaldson has slashed .239/.352/.457 with three home runs and nine RBI in 46 at-bats.
Alford Returns to Dunedin
After spending nearly two weeks on the disabled, highly touted outfield prospect Anthony Alford has begun his rehab stint with the Dunedin Blue Jays. In 14 at-bats for the D-Jays, Alford has hit .286 with four strikeouts and two walks. On April 17th, he hit leadoff for Dunedin as they took on the Fort Myers Miracle.
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At this point, it is unknown just how long Alford will stay in Dunedin. Hopefully, he’ll be able to head to Double-A New Hampshire in the next few weeks.