MINNEAPOLIS – The Bomba Squad received a big boost on Wednesday with the activation of All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson. The former MVP came back strong, hitting the rope in each of his first two home plate appearances, including a two-run brace, as part of a 2-for-5 night. He started
The former MVP came back strong, hitting the rope in each of his first two home plate appearances, including a two-run brace, as part of a 2-for-5 night. He started at third base and hit second, and after Max Kepler and Luis Arraez left injured, Donaldson’s comeback became all the more important for a Twins club that climbed to less than half a game from the White Sox after the win 8-1 Wednesday.
Minnesota got a big boost with the returns of Byron Buxton and Michael Pineda on Tuesday, but Donaldson had arguably been their biggest missing piece, sidelined for a month with a right calf strain.
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These returns from Buxton, Pineda, Donaldson, and ultimately Mitch Garver, were what the Twins had in mind when they sat idle on Monday’s trade deadline and said they trusted the team they had already assembled for a thorough playoff run. They saw immediate comebacks with six two-point innings from Pineda on Tuesday, as well as a home steal and two hits from Buxton.
Donaldson could pack the biggest punch of all.
“It’s basically like the trade deadline comes and goes, but we don’t even need to trade because we have three guys coming back who are really going to help this team win,” reliever Matt said. Wisler. “So it brings that energy that a trade brings, having three guys like that coming back. “
The road back to the field was longer than Donaldson and the Twins had immediately hoped when the third baseman left a July 31 game against Cleveland, and even given all of his veteran and contract experience. of the $ 92 million he signed, Donaldson took it as a learning experience.
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Donaldson and the Twins initially thought he would be fine within a few days of the injury, but he went on the IL several days later when the calf didn’t respond as expected. Donaldson missed a significant time in 2017 and 2018 with injuries to each calf, and he said his rehab setbacks in those cases gave him the patience to fully recover from that comeback.
“I mean I only injured my calves twice in a game,” said Donaldson. “I injured them several times during the rehabilitation periods. I guess the knowledge I got from this situation is kind of where we were at the beginning, when it started to go the other way, I didn’t want to go, compared to before I wanted to continue and push through that and not really listen to what my calf is trying to tell me what to do and just be stubborn and keep going with that. “
Donaldson admitted that the day he suffered the injury he couldn’t get a full warm-up because the Twins were unsure whether or not they would play and had to wait for the results of a series of tests afterwards. revealed that the Cardinals suffered an outbreak of COVID-19 after visiting Minneapolis.
He said if he could do it all over he would have gone to Twins manager Rocco Baldelli and asked for a day off instead of pushing his body. He thinks all of this could have been avoided if he had done this. It’s obviously a tough request from Donaldson, one of the game’s fiercest contenders, but he’s gained that prospect.
“I’m trying now to take some of my own ego out, and take some of the competitiveness out of ‘Hey, we’ve got to go out there now,’” Donaldson said. “I’m trying to take everyone’s perspective to really harness that and say, ‘What’s going to be best not just for me, but for the team?’ ”
Do-Hyoung Park covers the Twins for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark and on Instagram at dohyoung.park.