Josh Donaldson dealing with ‘dead arm’ for Blue Jays

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Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson didn’t look right making throws during Thursday’s Opening Day game against the Yankees. Donaldson had been hampered throughout the spring due to a shoulder issue, but he’s dealing with a dead arm according to John Gibbons, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. Gibbons said, “We don’t think it’s a big deal, it’s just dead.”

Here’s one of the throws Donaldson made on Thursday. It’s ugly, but he got the out.

The Blue Jays, obviously, hope the issue goes away without taking him out of the lineup. Donaldson was a linchpin of the Blue Jays’ offense last season, batting .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and 78 RBI in 496 plate appearances.