Josh Donaldson was expected to miss the remainder of the 2023 season when he was put on the 60-day IL with a high-grade right calf strain. Now he is taking batting practice.
As baseball enters the fall months of September and October, the timeframe of return for Donaldson shrinks. Most likely the veteran third baseman would have to notch several rehab games in the minors.
Several days ago Josh Donaldson, along with teammates Anthony Rizzo and Luis Gil had rehab sessions at the Yankees’ complex. Donaldson and Rizzo took live at-bats from Gil as all three target getting off the IL before the season's end.
Nevertheless Josh Donaldson is on the verge of Major League Baseball history, and it is not for a good reason.
Josh Donaldson has a .142 batting average through 33 games, he is 15-for-106 with 10 home runs. Donaldson’s batting average of balls in play is .076; No one in MLB history has had at least that many plate appearances (120) in one season with a BABIP so low.
The 37-year-old made history earlier in the season when he hit his 10th home run. The feat came in just 14 hits, which is the fewest number of hits while reaching 10 home runs in a season in MLB history, according to CBS Sports.
It is safe to say 2023 has been weird for Josh Donaldson. He has power, just no contact anymore not to mention falling with multiple injuries.