Title: Yankees’ Josh Donaldson Faces Uncertain Future after High-Grade Calf Strain
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New York Yankees’ third baseman Josh Donaldson’s future with the team has been thrown into doubt due to a severe calf strain that will keep him on the sidelines for an indeterminate amount of time. As fans and management anxiously await the extent of the tear, questions arise whether Donaldson will be able to return to the field this season.
The injury occurred during Saturday’s game against the Rockies when Donaldson attempted to run out a ground ball. Following the incident, the team sought two opinions on the diagnosis, with their own team doctor labeling it a grade “2-plus” strain, while another doctor categorized it as a grade-3 strain. The severity of the tear remains uncertain, leaving both Donaldson and the team in suspense.
Although the Yankees and Donaldson have a mutual $6 million option for 2024, news of this injury has raised doubts as to whether the team will exercise it. Analysts speculate that the Yankees may opt to buy out the option, given the uncertainty surrounding Donaldson’s ability to make a full recovery.
Despite the ambiguity surrounding his future, Donaldson refuses to dwell on what this injury may mean for his career. Instead, the dedicated player is focusing on rehabilitation and working towards a full recovery. This dedication stems from his determination to return as a key contributor to the team’s success.
This is not Donaldson’s first encounter with calf injuries. In 2017, 2018, and 2020, he dealt with similar issues, but he believes this tear to be of a smaller magnitude compared to the previous one in 2018. As each case differs in terms of recovery time, he has not been given a definitive timetable for his potential return.
In light of Donaldson’s absence, the Yankees have called up Oswald Peraza to take his spot on the roster. The young infielder is expected to see playing time and will have the opportunity to showcase his skills while filling in Donaldson’s shoes.
The Yankees’ fans eagerly anticipate updates on Donaldson’s progress and hope for a speedy recovery so that he can regain his place on the field. For now, all eyes remain fixed on the star player’s rehabilitation journey and the implications it may have for both his future and the Yankees’ playoff aspirations.