The Blue Jays have put star third baseman Josh Donaldson on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf injury. Chris Coghlan will come up from Triple-A Buffalo to take Donaldson’s place on the roster.
.@BlueJays place 3B Josh Donaldson (right calf) on 10-day DL; select INF/OF Chris Coghlan from Triple-A Buffalo.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) April 14, 2017
Donaldson was forced to leave in the sixth inning of Toronto’s 2-1 loss to the Orioles after struggling to round the bases following an RBI double that he hit into the corner of right field. The three-time All Star and 2015 AL MVP has been bothered by the injury ever since spring training, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.
Donaldson was playing pretty well, even though the Blue Jays had got off to their worst start in franchise history at 1-8. The three-time Silver Slugger is slashing .310/.429/.586 with two home runs, four RBI and five runs in 35 plate appearances. Outside of him, the Blue Jays have struggled mightily at the plate, with every starter batting .242 or less and only two players driving in more runs than he has (Troy Tulowitzki has nine RBI and Kendrys Morales has six).
Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney are expected to share time at third base for right now until Donaldson comes back, even though they have Coghlan on the roster. Coghlan signed a minor-league deal with the club just before the season started after being released by the Phillies and playing with the Athletics and Cubs last year.
With the Athletics and Cubs, Coghlan hit .188/.290/.318 with six home runs and 30 RBI. His numbers with Chicago were a lot better, though, as he hit .252/.391/.388 with one home run and 16 RBI in 48 games.