The Yankees introduced that third baseman Josh Donaldson has been transferred from the COVID-19 injured checklist to the 10-day injured checklist, retroactive to Might 24, as a consequence of proper shoulder irritation. Whereas he was on the COVID IL, he wasn’t counting in opposition to the crew’s 40-man roster, that means a corresponding transfer was required in that division, which the membership introduced as Chad Inexperienced being transferred to the 60-day IL.
The information is unquestionably one thing of a disappointment for the Yankees and their followers. Donaldson, 36, had been on the COVID checklist for the previous few days after experiencing signs. However since he continued to check adverse, it appeared attainable that he might make a fast return as soon as these signs abated. Now it appears he will probably be out for not less than one other week as a consequence of this shoulder difficulty. This isn’t the primary time that Donaldson has been held again by shoulder irritation, as the identical damage landed him on the injured checklist for about two weeks whereas with the Blue Jays in April 2018.
Acquired from the Twins in an offseason commerce, Donaldson’s tenure within the Bronx is off to begin. By way of 37 video games, he’s hitting .238/.349/.415 for a wRC+ of 130 because the membership is at the moment sitting on a report of 32-13, one of the best in baseball. Donaldson’s contributions will now proceed to be on maintain whereas he recuperates. Supervisor Aaron Boone advised reporters, together with Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, that the damage has been bugging Donaldson for some time. He obtained a cortisone shot this week with the membership hopeful he’s not dealing with an prolonged absence.
With Donaldson out of motion, the logical backup plan would have been to make use of DJ LeMahieu at third base, however he’s been coping with left wrist discomfort and hasn’t appeared in a recreation since Monday. Adler relays phrase from Boone that LeMahieu’s situation has improved sufficient that he might seem within the recreation in some unspecified time in the future Friday evening, however he isn’t within the beginning lineup. Marwin Gonzalez has been getting the begins on the sizzling nook currently and figures to take action till LeMahieu and/or Donaldson are eligible to return.
The switch of Inexperienced to the 60-day IL is a mere formality, because it was introduced earlier this week that he would require Tommy John surgical procedure. That may maintain him out of motion for the rest of this yr and not less than a part of subsequent season as effectively.