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.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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