Braves’ Josh Donaldson named NL Comeback Player of the Year


Atlanta Braves' Josh Donaldson (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson has been named 2019 National League Comeback Player of the Year after several injured-plagued seasons.

Donaldson had his best season since 2016 while with the Toronto Blue Jays, appearing in 155 games for Atlanta this year, only 10 fewer than the previous two seasons combined.

After signing a one-year deal with the Braves during the off-season, Donaldson showed the form that saw him win the 2015 AL MVP, smacking 37 home runs, tied for the second-highest total of his career, scoring 96 runs, and holding an OPS of .900, helping the Braves win the NL East.

Donaldson only played 52 games in the 2018 season due to various injuries including dead arm syndrome and a calf strain, spending multiple stints on the injured list.

After 36 games over five months with the Blue Jays, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians at the end of August, where he only managed to play 16 games and became a free agent in the off-season.

Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians picked up the comeback player in the American League.

Carrasco was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in June, but returned to the Indians lineup on September 1st. He made 11 relief appearances in September, posting a 2-1 record with an ERA of 6.60 and a WHIP of 1.53.

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