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Josh Donaldson expected to hit the disabled list

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It’s been a bad start to the Blue Jays season. They’re 1-8 and most of those losses have come in very close games, making it all the more aggravating. Now they’re about to lose their best player.

Donaldson first hurt the calf over the weekend. He did it on a close play at first base which caused him to limp off the field. He shook that off and has played in the past three games, but he tweaked it again last night.

Bum legs can be far more annoying than one-run losses, and if Donaldson is hobbled for an extended period, it’s going to sap him. The Jays need to turn things around quickly, but it’s a long season and to be competitive, they’ll need him to be healthy. Good move to DL him, even if he could play through it.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.