Donaldson, who hadn’t performed in a major-league sport since Could 28 due to strained left calf, went 0-for-Three however hit two balls to the warning monitor in a 2-Zero win over the Rays.
“To me he appears like Donaldson,” Francona advised reporters afterward (by way of Cleveland.com). “By that I imply he took some ferocious swings and he is on so many pitches. He is obtained time. It will get thrilling.”
Donaldson was acquired from the Blue Jays in a waiver deadline deal Aug. 31, making him eligible for the postseason. The commerce reportedly has drawn questions from AL contenders due to the calf harm that had saved him off the Indians’ lively roster till 10 days after the deal.
The difficulty: Was Donaldson wholesome when he was positioned on waivers?
By rule, a participant should be licensed as wholesome with the intention to be positioned on commerce waivers. Following a dispute with the Blue Jays over his well being, Donaldson agreed he was wholesome after the gamers union obtained concerned within the course of.
Now, with the Indians’ magic quantity down to a few within the AL Central, Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, might be a power within the postseason.
Francona mentioned he plans on Donaldson being accessible off the bench Wednesday, then again within the beginning lineup Friday after Thursday’s off-day.
His presence in Cleveland’s lineup has a ripple impact. Jose Ramirez, who moved from third to make room for him, was 0-or-Four in is first sport at second base. Jason Kipnis, moved from second to middle discipline, went 1-for-Three and had no defensive probabilities earlier than Greg Allen changed him within the seventh inning.