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.
Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:
“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”
Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.
Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.