Television cameras captured the scuffle during the third inning of the afternoon contest against the New York Yankees.
Donaldson struck out swinging in a five-pitch at-bat against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia in the first inning Wednesday. In his second at-bat, Donaldson took a called first strike, fouled off a pitch, then went down swinging on a 91-mph four-seam fastball from Sabathia. Donaldson walked back to the dugout and threw his bat, prompting the exchange of words with his manager. Blue Jays teammates Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Thole intervened to restrain Donaldson.
Donaldson, the reigning American League MVP, entered Wednesday’s affair hitting .245 (13-for-53) with three home runs, six RBIs and 13 strikeouts in 15 August games.
Donaldson received a low-five from Gibbons after reaching base then scoring on a Russell Martin single in the fifth inning: