When the Dodgers placed Jonathan Broxton on the disabled list Friday the initial word was that he’d be shut down for a couple weeks, but the latest from manager Don Mattingly is that he could miss six weeks.
Beyond that, Mattingly told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that Vicente Padilla may keep the closer job even after Broxton returns, assuming he does well in the meantime:
We’ll see how it goes. Obviously, if Vicente comes in and is pitching well out of there, it’s hard to just hand something over to somebody else. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
Broxton has struggled for so long now and will apparently miss more than a month with the bone spur in his elbow that it wouldn’t make sense for the Dodgers to simply hand him ninth-inning duties immediately. He hasn’t been effective since the middle of last season.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.