DUNEDIN, Fla. — Josh Donaldson will make his first appearance of spring training for the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, serving as the team’s designated hitter and batting third vs. the Minnesota Twins.
Donaldson has yet to appear in a major league game this spring after straining his right calf running sprints early in camp. He hit in three minor league games last week, but took the weekend off from game action as he cleared the final hurdles between him and a return to the big league lineup.
Those tests included running at full speed around the bases and completing a series of fielding drills that tested his ability to explode off his right leg and plant on it when throwing to first base. On Sunday, Blue Jays head trainer George Poulis said Donaldson has passed every test without issue, and that the third baseman is “in unbelievable shape.”