Donaldson optimistic about playing in Blue Jays’ home opener

Toronto Blue Jays superstar Josh Donaldson is thrown out while trying to leg out a single and comes up grabbing his calf and walks gingerly back to the bench, then leaves right away being replaced by Ryan Goins.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson had to leave Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays after trying to beat out a ground ball.

Donaldson hit a ball to third base in the top of the sixth inning. He was thrown out by Evan Longoria and was in some discomfort after the play, after suffering what the Blue Jays described as “right calf tightness.”

The 2015 American League MVP isn’t overly concerned about the injury and thinks he’ll return to the lineup for Tuesday’s home opener.

Donaldson got a late start to spring training this year after straining his right calf.

The 31-year-old hit his second home run of the season earlier in the game. Ryan Goins replaced Donaldson at third base in the bottom of the inning.

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