Friday night, the Twins announced that third baseman Josh Donaldson had been placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to August 4, with a right calf strain. He injured the calf on July 31 and apparently hasn't recovered well enough to avoid a stint on the injured list. This is the third time in the last three seasons Donaldson has hit the IL with a calf injury.
There's no word as to the severity of Donaldson's injury or if he'll be back after the minimum 10 days. Obviously with only a 60-game season, 10 games is a pretty large chunk of the season.
Donaldson, 34, has hit .182/.296/.318 with a homer and two RBI in just seven games this season. Entering Friday, the Twins are 5-2 with Donaldson and 5-1 without him, but in the long run they're obviously better with a healthy Donaldson in the lineup every day. He's not the MVP-caliber player he once was, but he's still very good. Last year in Atlanta he hit .259/.379/.521, which was good for a 127 OPS+, with 37 homers and 94 RBI.
The Twins started play Friday night sitting at 10-3, good for a 2 1/2-game lead in the American League Central and tied with the Cubs for the best record in baseball among teams that haven't had their schedules altered. The Marlins, at 6-1, technically hold the best winning percentage.