TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson was eligible to return from the 10-day disabled list on Friday, but the Blue Jays have decided to wait at least a couple more days before adding the veteran slugger to the active roster.Toronto announced on Friday afternoon that Donaldson is still going through his normal
TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson was eligible to return from the 10-day disabled list on Friday, but the Blue Jays have decided to wait at least a couple more days before adding the veteran slugger to the active roster.
Toronto announced on Friday afternoon that Donaldson is still going through his normal throwing and hitting routine. He has been able to field ground balls without issue, but he will have to pass a series of tests, including running the bases, before he is cleared to play.
The Blue Jays have yet to announce a firm timeline for Donaldson's return; he is considered day to day. A likely course of action would see Donaldson miss the remainder of the four-game series against the Orioles before possibly returning Monday night against the Rays.
"It's kind of a day-to-day thing," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He is feeling better. Hopefully, it's [just] a couple of more days, I would hope."
Donaldson is dealing with left calf tightness. He also missed approximately three weeks earlier in the year with a right shoulder injury and has been limited to 36 games. Donaldson is batting .234/.333/.423 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.
• Left fielder Steve Pearce has progressed to taking batting practice in a cage. Per the Blue Jays, Pearce is feeling good and he is expected to face live pitching at some point next week. The 35-year-old has been out since May 3 because of a left oblique strain.
• Right-hander Marcus Stroman tossed three innings in a simulated game on Friday morning and felt "great." He will continue game progression next week, which means he is nearing an official rehab assignment. Stroman likely will require at least a few rehab starts before he's ready to return from a right shoulder issue.
• Double-A New Hampshire third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will undergo further evaluation on his sore left knee in Florida on Saturday. Guerrero left a game earlier this week with soreness in the area, and the Blue Jays want to have him checked out by their medical staff. Further testing with the final outcome is expected on Saturday.
• Left-hander Jaime Garcia is expected to make his next start despite leaving Thursday night's 5-4 victory over the Orioles after six innings because of a blister.
"They drained it, popped it, and then it felt pretty good," Gibbons said. "He said he's had them before."
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