Ah, fuck. When I saw that Toescar Hernandez was with the team I assumed that it just meant they Blue Jays were going to be sending Tim Mayza down to Triple-A. That, sadly, isn’t the case, as Josh Donaldson has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to shoulder inflammation.
#BlueJays place Josh Donaldson on 10-day DL. Shoulder inflammation.— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) April 13, 2018
Josh Donaldson update per #BlueJays— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) April 13, 2018
Had imaging done to ensure no new injury to shoulder. Shoulder has no structural instability or new injuries, but throwing ability hasn’t improved as hoped. Donaldson will go through throwing program in Florida
That injury is pretty predictable given Donaldson’s issue with dead arm that kept him off of the field earlier in the season. As frustrating and awful as it is to lose Donaldson for what could be a few weeks, it’s better for him to get right than it is for him to go out there and both not play at 100 per cent and also risk further, more serious injury. This has been an issue for Donaldson since the beginning of spring training and he never really reached 100 per cent before entering the season.
In an eerily similar vein, Donaldson was dealing with a calf issue all spring and eventually went on the disabled list after a game against Baltimore on April 13. He ended up missing over a month and didn’t return to the lineup until May 26. I really, really hope that this isn’t as serious, because the Jays can’t afford to lose Donaldson for an extended period of time.
Sooooo.. how do the Jays navigate this one? This is why they Raised The Floor this winter.
Donaldson’s injury means we’ll certainly be seeing a lot more Yangervis Solarte at third base. But the other wrinkle is Devon Travis’ off days leave them fairly shallow in the infield. While they have five outfielders, Gift Ngoepe is their only backup infielder. We could see Russell Martin take more reps at third base considering Luke Maile is swinging a hot stick so far this season. If this is serious, we could also see Danny Jansen’s debut sooner than later with the same Martin at third logic in mind.
The only other infield options on the 40-man are Lourdes Gurriel and Richard Urena, but the latter is currently injured.