It sounds like Denard Span’s concussion is fairly minor (if a brain injury can ever be considered minor).
Span, who was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list on Saturday, told James Wagner of the Washington Post on Sunday morning that he is already feeling much better and hopes to take batting practice Monday. Span last suffered a concussion in 2011 and said this one isn’t nearly as bad. He got an apology text from Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, whom he collided with Friday on the bases.
Span, 30, was 8-for-36 (.222) with five runs and four RBI through 10 games this season.
Steven Souza Jr. got called up from Triple-A Syracuse to provide outfield depth in his absence.
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.