A couple hours before Ryan Borucki made his Major League debut against the Astros last night, we received some news on the injury front.
Josh Donaldson, who was apparently super close to returning last week, suffered a setback and won’t be back anytime soon.
Per Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson has suffered a setback while rehabbing in Florida. Happened while he was taking ground balls. MRI revealed an acute strain of his left calf. He'll be reevaluated in three weeks.
— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) June 26, 2018
This news sucks for Donaldson because after all the success he’s had the past few seasons, he won’t be getting that big payday this winter like everybody expected. When the perennial MVP candidate has been on the field for the Jays this season, it’s been pretty underwhelming. He’s slashing just .234/.333/.423 over 36 games.
This news isn’t all bad for Blue Jays fans, as it means that JD could be back next season. This year is pretty much dead for the team anyway, and the odds of him accepting that qualifying offer are getting better and better day by day. I can already hear the “but what about Vlad?” question that people are about to scream, but what’s the harm in having both? JD could rebuild value by playing third everyday with the occasional DH spot. That way, our large adult son Vladito can get some reps at the hot corner and then take over full time in a worst case scenario if the team sucks by the deadline and Donaldson is shipped out. It’s also kind of nice to be rebuilding, but not totally intentionally shitty.
Tell me that a potential team consisting of guys like Donaldson, Grichuk, Hernandez, and Smoak as well as a few of the kids doesn’t intrigue you!