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Josh Donaldson Exits Game vs. Baltimore Orioles with Calf Injury

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2017

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 18:  Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays fields the ball hit by Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians in the fifth inning during game four of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 18, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Toronto Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson exited Thursday's game against the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning, the team announced.

The Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reported Donaldson appeared to be holding his right calf.

This is another setback for Donaldson after he dealt with a calf injury earlier in the season. Still, he has been durable in recent years and played more than 150 games in each of the last four campaigns.

When healthy, he is one of the best hitters in baseball. The three-time All-Star and 2015 American League MVP drilled a combined 78 home runs in 2015 and 2016. His slugging took on even more importance entering the 2017 campaign after Edwin Encarnacion left in free agency.

Darwin Barney started at third base Thursday, with Donaldson listed as the designated hitter. Barney can offer solid glovework in the field but can't replicate Donaldson's impact with the bat.

The Blue Jays will need their slugger back and healthy if they hope to challenge for an American League East title this season.  

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