Donaldson to DL for 1st time, Coghlan promoted

Josh Donaldson pullls up at second with a calf injuryr Thursday and was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Photo: Nathan Denette/Canadian Press.

Josh Donaldson pullls up at second with a calf injuryr Thursday and was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Photo: Nathan Denette/Canadian Press.

By Andrew Hendriks
Canadian Baseball Network

After re-aggravating his right calf while running the bases during Toronto’s 2–1 loss to Baltimore on Thursday, Josh Donaldson has been placed on the 10-day disabled list and won’t be eligible to re-join the team until after April 24th.

The Blue Jays third baseman missed all but eight of the Toronto’s 30 grapefruit league contests this spring after feeling his calf “grab” at him shortly before position players were scheduled to report to camp in February.

While the severity of his injury remains unknown to the public, it is enough to justify losing the slugger for a brief period of time.

In a lineup that features seven regulars who are currently batting well under the Mendoza line on the season, Donaldson, with his .310 batting average and OPS of 1.015, had been one of the bright spots for the 1–8 Blue Jays in 2017.

“Today, I’m walking a little gingerly. There’s some soreness, but there’s not quite the swelling that was there the last time.” Donaldson told reporters prior to Friday’s first pitch. “This is new for me. This is the first time I’m going to go on the DL in my career.”

Since being traded to Toronto ahead of the 2015 season, Donaldson has played in 313 of the Blue Jays 324 games. Before that, he rang off two consecutive seasons of 158 game appearances with Oakland after taking the field in a total of 75 games once sticking with the A’s in 2012.

In order to supplement their roster, the Blue Jays selected 31-year-old utility man Chris Coghlan from triple-A Buffalo prior to formally announcing Donaldson’s placement on the DL, Friday.

Chris Coghlan, who played 48 games with the Chicaago Cubs last season, was called up  from triple-A Buffalo, to replace Donaldson on the roster.

Chris Coghlan, who played 48 games with the Chicaago Cubs last season, was called up  from triple-A Buffalo, to replace Donaldson on the roster.

A veteran of 765 contests since making his debut with the Florida Marlins in 2009, the former National League Rookie of the Year has spent parts of the last eight seasons in the majors while combining to post a career slashline of .260/.335/.402 across 2,817 plate appearances.

In addition to helping Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins fill in for Donaldson, the left-handed swinging Coghlan may also see some playing time in either left field or second base as current starters Steve Pearce (.174) and Devon Travis (.088) have both got off to slow starts at the plate.

When asked which position he prefers, the former Cub dryly responded by saying “in the lineup”, hinting that he doesn’t care where he plays as long as he can help contribute. 

Through seven games with the Herd, the 2016 World Series Champion picked up five hits and drove in four runs. In all, four of his starting assignments came in left field for the International League North-leading Bisons.

In order to clear a spot for Coghlan on the Jays’ 40-man roster, Toronto was forced to cut ties with Juan Graterol on Friday. Graterol, 28, had six hits in 14 at-bats with the Bisons this season while splitting time behind the dish with fellow catchers Mike Ohlman and Luke Maile.

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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.