CLEVELAND — Josh Donaldson admits it’s powerful to say goodbye to the Toronto Blue Jays.
“It’s … been tough to the acute that I’m leaving a company that I used to be very a lot a giant a part of,” the brand new Cleveland Indians third baseman stated Sunday in an introductory press convention after a commerce on Friday.
“I had some high quality years there that I’m not going to overlook. However I’m additionally trying ahead to making an attempt to assist this workforce win and transferring ahead as properly.”
The Blue Jays dealt the 2015 AL MVP to the Indians for a participant to be named later, persevering with a rebuild course of that has seen the workforce lower ties with a few of its largest stars from the 2015-16 playoff squads.
Donaldson has been out of the Blue Jays lineup since late Might, coping with a nagging calf harm. He performed in a rehab sport with single-A Dunedin on Tuesday, permitting the Blue Jays to position Donaldson on waivers and commerce him previous to Friday’s deadline for gamers to grow to be eligible to hitch a post-season roster.
“If I used to be writing a e book, it’s not how I’d have needed it to go, however hopefully it has a cheerful ending,” stated Donaldson, who turns into a free agent on the finish of the season.
Donaldson didn’t present a timeline for his return, however appeared to point he received’t be out an excessive amount of longer.
“I really feel excellent about the place I’m at proper now,” stated Donaldson, who took batting apply and ran the bases and did agility drills Sunday. “I’d moderately not discuss it. I’d moderately you see it and choose for your self.”
Indians president Chris Antonetti and supervisor Terry Francona met with Donaldson after his exercise. It’s nonetheless unclear what Donaldson might want to do earlier than he’s able to take over at third base. He might proceed to work with the workforce or play on a minor league rehab task.
“That’s what we’re nonetheless engaged on,” Donaldson stated. “Every time that schedule is finalized between all events, I’m positive it’s going to be addressed, how we’re going to maneuver ahead.”
In Cleveland, Donaldson reunites with former Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion. The 2 have been seen speaking within the dugout after Donaldson arrived Saturday evening.
“We had quite a lot of fond reminiscences collectively as teammates … I’m positive in case you requested him as properly, we’re enthusiastic about creating some new ones,” Donaldson stated.
Whereas the ending in Toronto was something however good, Donaldson stated he’s glad to be in Cleveland.
“I used to be excited due to the gamers you may have on this clubhouse and the way they’ve been in a position to have success all through the years,” he stated. “I’m additionally excited (as a result of) in case you most likely go look again at my numbers on this ballpark, they’re fairly good. I’m glad I’m going right into a state of affairs the place I’ve had success earlier than.”
The 32-year-old Donaldson batted .234 with 5 residence runs and 16 RBIs this season for the Blue Jays. He hasn’t performed since Might 28 due to the calf harm. He additionally was out from April 11-Might 2 with a shoulder drawback.
Donaldson’s addition will trigger place adjustments. Jose Ramirez will transfer from third to second and Jason Kipnis, the beginning second baseman, will start taking fly balls in centre area.
Antonetti acknowledged the state of affairs will result in uncertainty, particularly because it isn’t clear when Donaldson can be prepared.
“They’re clearly tied collectively,” he stated. “All three guys with Kip, Josh and Jose. All of their plans are interdependent. As soon as now we have an thought what Josh’s plan can be, that may inform our conversations with Jason and Jose.”
The Indians start a four-game sequence in Toronto on Thursday.
— with recordsdata from the Related Press