Studies that Josh Donaldson had been scratched from the Dunedin Blue Jays lineup for Wednesday night time’s sport due to recurring soreness in his legs and calves may derail any probability of buying and selling the star third baseman by Friday’s midnight deadline.

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Ultimately, the Class-A sport was rained out, with a doubleheader scheduled for Thursday and his standing for these video games undetermined.

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Josh Donaldson has hit five home runs in 36 games with the Blue Jays this season.
Josh Donaldson has hit 5 house runs in 36 video games with the Blue Jays this season.  (Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star file photograph)

Donaldson, out of the big-league Blue Jays’ lineup since Might 28 with a calf harm, went 1-for-2 with a stroll and an RBI in his first sport of a rehab project on Tuesday night time. He additionally performed 5 innings at third base and appeared to emerge with no sick results, clearing the way in which to place him on revocable waivers on Wednesday.

Wednesday afternoon, although, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reported that the 2015 American League MVP is constant to battle with the harm, placing his second rehab look on maintain. TSN’s Steve Phillips later confirmed the report, including the Blue Jays would probably “have to tug (Donaldson) again off waivers as a result of they will now not certify he’s wholesome.”

Different groups can declare gamers on waivers for a 48-hour interval. If Donaldson have been to stay on waivers and a declare was made, the Jays may attempt to work out a commerce after four p.m. Thursday. It’s a small window, although, with midnight Friday the deadline for including gamers eligible for the post-season.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, citing major-league sources, reported that the Jays “need Donaldson gone.” He’s making $23 million (all {dollars} U.S.) on a one-year deal, and the Jays may choose up what’s left to facilitate a commerce.

Ought to Donaldson, who turns 33 in July, stick with the Jays by means of the low season, the entrance workplace must determine whether or not to make a qualifying provide value about $18 million. From there, he may select to remain at that worth or stroll and take a look at free company, with the Jays — who’ve phenom Vlad Guerrero Jr. ready to take over on the scorching nook — getting a draft choose in return.

Donaldson has slashed .234/.333/.423 with a .757 OPS, 5 house runs and 16 RBIs in 36 video games with the Jays this season.

Laura Armstrong is a sports activities reporter primarily based in Toronto. Observe her on Twitter: @lauraarmy



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