Toronto Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson suffered a calf injury in Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays and is considered day-to-day, according to the team.

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Donaldson Comes Up Lame Running to 1st Base

Wednesday, April 6

Craig Calcaterra of reported on the play Donaldson was injured on, which occurred when he hit a ground ball.’s Gregor Chisholm indicated that Darwin Barney entered to replace Donaldson at third base.

After the game, Donaldson said the injury isn’t serious and he hopes to play Friday against the Boston Red Sox, per Barry Davis of Sportsnet.

The Blue Jays can ill afford to lose Donaldson for extensive time after he hit .297 with 41 home runs, 41 doubles and 123 RBI in 2015. He also posted a sparkling .939 OPS and a career-best 8.8 WAR, per, and took home the American League MVP for his efforts.

Donaldson finished fifth in all of baseball in homers and second in RBI and was a major reason why the Blue Jays led the league in total runs scored by 127 more than the next closest team last year.

Donaldson is also a two-time All-Star and tallied 11 total defensive runs saved above average in 2015, according to FanGraphs.

Before exiting Wednesday’s contest, Donaldson had accounted for all of his club’s runs to that point on a three-run homer:

Fortunately for Toronto, it has plenty of sluggers to shoulder more of the offensive load without Donaldson, including Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki and Kevin Pillar.

Still, Donaldson is a monster bat and the defending MVP whose injury at this early juncture of the season is discouraging.

Part of what makes the Blue Jays so dangerous is the sheer amount of talent in that lineup, and losing arguably the top piece puts even more pressure on the others. Donaldson drives home plenty of runs, but he also adds protection for his teammates because opposing pitchers can’t afford to pitch around them with the powerful third baseman waiting.

The Blue Jays have World Series aspirations behind that powerful lineup and a solid starting rotation that features Marcus Stroman, but winning it all will be a much more difficult task without a healthy Donaldson mashing home runs.

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