Josh Donaldson's 2016 season wasn't as productive as his 2015 MVP campaign, but he still returned first-round value. Playing through nagging injuries all year, the third baseman managed the second-most runs (122) and walks (109) in the league while ranking in the top five for slugging percentage (.549) and OPS (.953). When evaluating Donaldson's 2016, it's important to recognize that some numbers dipped primarily because he was pitched around. The 30-year-old had only 11 fewer plate appearances than the previous season, but 43 less at-bats. He demonstrated incredible plate discipline with a 0.9 BB/K and 15.6 percent walk rate. Although ailments popped up throughout the season, he managed to never miss an extended period of time, and none of the injuries should linger into 2017. He is in the prime of his career, and could once again be a MVP candidate in 2017.
Donaldson (calf) announced on Sunday that he expects to miss two or three weeks of spring training due to his recent calf strain, John Lott of The Athletic reports. Donaldson tweaked his calf while running on Friday, but the general perception around camp was that the injury wasn't too serious. The Blue Jays will likely take a very cautious approach to the injury, and that could explain the two to three week timetable. It appears that Donaldson expects to be ready for Opening Day, but the situation is worth monitoring.
Donaldson received his MRI results Saturday and they revealed he has a strained right calf. He felt a small tweak in his calf earlier Saturday, and although the Blue Jays were never really worried, the MRI was precautionary. He dealt with a similar injury at the beginning of last year and didn't miss any time due to it, and it seems the same will be true him this time around. He'll be treated and evaluated daily, but he's expected to be ready to start the season.
Donaldson was sent to have an MRI after he felt something in his calf Saturday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports. He skipped his first workout Saturday after he felt "a small tweak" in his calf while running, prompting Toronto to send him for an MRI. We won't know how serious it is until the results are back, but general manager Ross Atkins felt positive about it. Donaldson strained his calf in the Blue Jays' fourth game last year, but didn't miss any games with the injury, playing in 155 total contests and winning AL Silver Slugger for the second straight year in the process.
Donaldson "felt something" in his calf and decided to skip the first workout of spring training Saturday, Richard Griffin of The Toronto Star reports. Hopefully it's nothing too serious for Donaldson, but expect an update in due time. The three-time All-Star won the AL Silver Slugger award for the second straight season in 2016 and should remain a top pick in drafts.
Donaldson, for the second consecutive season, was named a Silver Slugger, an honor which goes to the best hitter at every position in each league. Donaldson earned the award by following up his MVP campaign by smacking 37 homers, notching 99 RBI and scoring 122 runs. He slashed .284/.404/.549 over 577 at-bats while racking up a career-high 109 walks in 2016. Toronto's lineup, which has been one of the best in recent years, will look much different next season, but Donaldson will still be a top pick in almost all formats.