Blue Jays activate Josh Donaldson from disabled list

Ruben Hill
May 4, 2018

The Toronto Blue Jays activated third baseman Josh Donaldson from the 10-day disabled list on Thursday. The 2015 AL MVP has been out since April 13 because of inflammation in his right shoulder. He got two rehab starts with Single-A Dunedin.

With his team trailing 7-5 in the sixth, Donaldson jumped on a first-pitch slider from Nick Goody and deposited it into the left-field seats to tie the game.

"I wouldn't be here if I weren't playing today", Donaldson told reporters, per Sportsnet's Arash Madani. Major League Baseball rules state that players on the paternity list may miss no more than three games, so Smoak should rejoin the team no later than Saturday in Tampa Bay if he isn't available for Friday's series opener with the Rays.

Before landing on the DL, the three-time All-Star had hit.239/.352/.457 (117 OPS+) with three home runs, one double, and 14 strikeouts in a dozen contests.

With Donaldson back on the active roster, the Jays placed first baseman Justin Smoak on the paternity list and recalled pitcher Tim Mayza and outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. from the Buffalo Bisons. Infielder Gift Ngoepe was optioned to Buffalo.

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