Ailing Josh Donaldson not starting in Blue Jays' home opener

Ailing Josh Donaldson not starting in Blue Jays' home opener
Ailing Josh Donaldson not starting in Blue Jays' home opener
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12 April, 2017

They hope to turn things around at the Rogers Centre.

At no point did the veteran who is expected to be central to the success of the Jays offence go anywhere near home plate however. And yes, they've won only once, their 1-5 record tied for worst in the majors after the season's first week.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to rebound from a horrific 1-5 start to the season after dropping the last 3 games of their series against Tampa Bay, including a 7-2 defeat in the series finale. The reigning MVP resisted the role-change and channeled his anger into three home runs on opening day of 1988 - the first player to ever do so. They won 11-2 in 1980 and lost 15-4 two years later. "We all feel that, too, the guys on the field". "That will do wonders". The starting pitching for the Blue Jays did well allowing just 5 runs in 13 innings. The Jays took the lead in the first off a solo home run by Donaldson and a Tulowitzki RBI ground out, however those were the only runs they would score. Those aren't big issues. "It's a situation where you're trying to get out of a jam", Lawrence said. "Some that he's fouling off now, in the future he won't miss them".

Will the Blue Jays rout the Brewers tonight when the two teams clash at 7:07PM ET in Toronto?

The game also saw Josh Donaldson pull up with right calf tightness after grounding out in the sixth.

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Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (0-1) will face Milwaukee RHP Wily Peralta (1-0) in Toronto's home opener Tuesday night. "The crowds we get are really into it".

Says manager John Gibbons: "It's still hanging around. I would rather play today and see what happens tomorrow".

"The Blue Jays mean everything to me".

Given the injury woes the team has had recently, that may ultimately be a sound strategy. Barring an unexpected development, the 22-year-old closer will be available to make his season debut out of the bullpen against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday.


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