Josh Donaldson is no stranger to calf issues

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MINNEAPOLIS – The Twins pulled third baseman Josh Donaldson out of their game against Cleveland on Friday night at Target Field at the bottom of the second inning due to strain in his right calf. Donaldson, who has been replaced by pinch hitter Ehire Adrianza, is day to day, according to the press announcement made by the Twins in the fourth inning.The Twins will feel lucky if that is the case, as Donaldson is no stranger to calf issues.

He missed 38 games with right calf strain with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017. Donaldson has hit .270 / .385 / .559 with 33 homers and 78 RBIs in 113 games this season. However, his 2018 season, split between the Blue Jays and Cleveland, was derailed by injuries, including inflammation of the right shoulder and a sprained left calf. He played 36 games with Toronto and 16 after being traded to Cleveland on August 31.

Donaldson joined Atlanta last season as a free agent and hit .259 / .379 / .521 with 37 home runs and 94 RBIs in 155 games. This earned him the honors of NL Comeback Player of the Year. The 34-year-old signed a four-year, $ 92 million free agent contract with the Twins this offseason.

After receiving the Comeback Player of the Year award before the Twins played the Cardinals this week at Target Field, Donaldson posted his issues with his calves on Instagram. “Special thanks to Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals wide receiver) for putting me in touch with Dr. Josh Sandell who after three days of working with me allowed me to run painlessly after tearing both calves seven times in total in two years, ”Donaldson wrote in a memo that thanked many for helping him have a successful season in Atlanta.

The Twins scored three runs against Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger at the top of the first inning on Friday as Max Kepler started with a home run and Eddie Rosario hit a two-run double on the right to score Donaldson and Nelson Cruz . Donaldson had made a single to the left and had moved in second when Cruz was walking.

Donaldson had two assists early in the second set, but after Alex Avila hit a home run to go 3-0 and Kepler found himself first at the bottom of the set, Donaldson was substituted. The Twins played Game 7 of their 60-game schedule on Friday, so any kind of lingering problem for Donaldson would present a problem in a shortened season.



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