Twins 3B Josh Donaldson is already hurt on Opening Day
After an injury-plagued 2020 season in where he only played in 28 games, Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson appears to have been bit by the injury bug again. Donaldson left after the top of the first inning on Opening Day against the Milwaukee Brewers, exiting with an apparent hamstring injury.
According to Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com, Donaldson limped into second base after hitting a double in the top of the first inning. He remained in the game on the bases through the top of the first but didn’t come out on defense for the bottom of the inning. Here’s the clip provided by Alex Fast.
Josh Donaldson has been removed from the game.
After a double in the first he appeared to hobble a bit after rounding first. pic.twitter.com/woZhM4reGs
— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) April 1, 2021
The Twins had been carefully monitoring Donaldson throughout spring training, trying to make sure the three-time All-Star was at full go for the start of the season. Now with his injury, the timeline and the severity is the word that the Twins will wait on.
Donaldson was signed to a four-year deal back in the 2020 offseason by the Twins after the two sides came to a deal. He was expected to be a focal point of the Twins offense as they try to snap a long losing streak in the postseason that dates back more than 10 years. Since joining the Twins though, Donaldson has been unable to stay healthy.
Having him out of the lineup will be a big blow for the Twins but, they experienced it last year during his absence and they have the depth this season to fill in the void for the time being. For now, the Twins will keep their fingers crossed that the injury isn’t one that will sideline Donaldson for too long.