MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that the Indians will activate third baseman Josh Donaldson from the 10-day disabled list ahead of that night’s game against the Rays.
The Indians acquired Donaldson from the Blue Jays on August 31 for a player to be named later. Donaldson has been sidelined with a calf injury since late May. He recently began a minor league rehab assignment and has racked up three hits, including two home runs, in nine plate appearances.
In 36 games with the Jays earlier this season, Donaldson hit .234/.333/.423 with five homers and 16 RBI in 159 trips to the plate.
The Indians have 19 games remaining in the regular season. They need some combination of five wins and five Twins losses to clinch the AL Central. In other words, the Indians essentially have the division locked up, so the goal over the final three weeks will simply be getting Donaldson postseason-ready.
The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.
Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:
I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.
In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.
“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”
Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.
For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.