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Josh Donaldson (dead arm) to DH for few days


Yesterday we saw Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson make some awkward throws to first base and, afterward, learned that he was suffering from “dead arm.” Today his manager said that Donaldson is not going to play third base for a while.

Appearing on MLB Network Radio, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Donaldson will DH the next few days as he recovers from his arm is . . . brought back from the dead? Hmm, maybe we need to find a new name for this ailment.

In any event. Yangervis Solarte will play third while Donaldson is at designated hitter and Kendrys Morales, who I’m pretty sure hasn’t owned a glove since Obama’s first term, rides some pine.

The Mariners turned an odd triple play with the help of Evan Gattis

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Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.

Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.

That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.