Josh Donaldson returns to Blue Jays lineup as DH against Milwaukee

Donaldson returns to Blue Jays lineup

TORONTO — Josh Donaldson returned to the Blue Jays lineup Wednesday as designated hitter.

The star third baseman was restricted to pinch-hitting duty Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to Milwaukee due to calf tightness.

Donaldson was pulled from Sunday’s game in Tampa due to the calf problem.

“He should be able to play tonight, I don’t know how good he’ll be able to run,” said manager John Gibbons.

Kendrys Morales, who DH’d Tuesday, shifted to first base for Wednesday’s game against the Brewers and moved one spot down in the batting lineup to cleanup. Donaldson, who normally bats second, was inserted at No. 3, behind leadoff hitter Devon Travis and Jose Bautista.

Darwin Barney replaced Ryan Goins at third base. Steve Pearce remained in left field.

“We want to get him going,” Gibbons said of Pearce. “We brought him over here to hit so we want to make sure we string some games together to let him get going.”

The Jays, who set a franchise record-low for a season start when they slipped to 1-6 Tuesday, came into Wednesday’s game tied for 25th in the majors in run production with 23. Fifteen of those runs came in two games.

Toronto had 29 runs over the same period last season with a 3-4 record. In 2015, the 4-3 Jays had scored 39 runs in the first seven games.

Troy Tulowitzki and Morales accounted for all five Toronto hits in the home opener Tuesday.

“The other guys will get going,” said Gibbons. “Hopefully it will be tonight.”

Something a simple as a bloop hit or opposition error could help turn the tide, he suggested.

“It’s got to happen,” he said.

“It’s hard to hit,” he added. “And everybody goes through phases. Right now we have a bunch of guys that are cold. But for the most part, they’re all battling up there. Good intensity and they’re battling. That’s really all you can ask.”

Catcher Russell Martin went 0-for-18 in the first seven games, with seven strikeouts and six walks.

“He’s really focused but he’s a human being too,” Gibbons said. “Nobody wants to do better than him. I think his mind’s clear, he’s up there battling.”

 

Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter

 

 

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Counsellor sees need for treatment centre regulations

An addictions counsellor sees need for regulations

Biosphere designation boosts national park drive

Certification outlines conservation as key part of sustainable tourism development

Visiting Vees pound West Kelowna Warriors

The Vees got hat tricks from two players en route to an 11-3 win

‘Listen to your gut’ urges injured skier

Mike Shaw was told he’d never walk again after an accident four years ago, but he defied the odds

Riverdale actor from the South Okanagan returns to his theatre roots

Cody Kearsley, Moose on Riverdale, on his latest theatre production

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Boomer radio expands

Kelowna resident Allen Holender continues to expand his network

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Biosphere designation boosts national park drive

Certification outlines conservation as key part of sustainable tourism development

Pine beetles from Jasper National Park moving into commercial forest

In 2014, beetle activity went from a few spots around Jasper’s townsite to rampant

VIDEO: Tragically Hip members, Alex Trebek receive Order of Canada

Newest recipients join 6,897 Canadians such as Christine Sinclair, Graham Greene and Mark Messier

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young dies at 64

‘Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many.’

‘I will now live in consistent fear’: Allan Schoenborn granted escorted leaves

The Merritt man was deemed not criminally responsible in the killing of his three children in 2008

Guns and drugs seized in Kamloops RCMP blitz

Kamloops Mounties and the gang unit seize drugs and make arrests in two-day blitz

Most Read