Report: Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson to begin Dunedin rehab assignment

Ben Nicholson-Smith tells Jeff Blair that if Josh Donaldson comes back healthy in September and has a month like he did last season, they might have to give him a qualifying offer.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is set to begin a rehab assignment, according to a report from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Donaldson’s rehab stint will take place in Dunedin, Fla., and could result in a trade if he proves he’s healthy enough to contribute in a major-league game. If he is to be traded, the transaction would have to be completed by Aug. 31, otherwise he will be ruled ineligible to participate in the post-season with his new club.

Rumours emerged on Saturday around Donaldson’s status with the team after his Rogers Centre locker was recently cleared out.

Donaldson has been limited to just 36 games this season because of a lingering calf injury that has kept him out of play since May 28. The 32-year-old pending free agent has registered a .234/.333/.423 batting line this season.

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