Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson sustained a strained calf during Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Gibbons added that he does not think the injury is serious and Donaldson will be evaluated day-to-day.
In the seventh inning, Donaldson hit a chopper to short but struggled running out of the batter’s box. Donaldson limped toward first base before being thrown out, and did not return for the bottom half of the inning.
It’s possible Donaldson aggravated an earlier injury on the play. The third baseman hit a three-run home run in the third, but was limping during his trot around the bases. It’s unclear how Donaldson sustained the injury.
The reigning AL MVP, Donaldson hit .297 with 41 home runs and 123 RBIs last season, his first year with Toronto. The 30-year-old has 105 career home runs.
The Rays defeated the Blue Jays 5–3.
Gibby said Donaldson strained his calf, but he "doesn't think it's a big deal." Day to day.— Brendan Kennedy (@BKennedyStar) April 6, 2016