CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians knew what they were getting when they traded for Josh Donaldson — a former MVP who could help them reach the World Series. They just don’t know when they’ll be getting him on the field.Donaldson doesn’t Nick Markakis Jersey
, either, but he said Sunday he’s close to being healthy enough to return. Acquired late Friday in a trade with Toronto, he has played in only 36 games because of shoulder and calf issues.“It’s been difficult,” he said before Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. “If I was writing a book it’s not how I would have wanted it to go, but hopefully it has a happy ending.”Donaldson took several rounds of batting practice Babe Ruth Jersey
, ran the bases and did agility drills Sunday.“I’m excited because my body’s come to the point now where I feel very much comfortable in going out there and playing — and not just playing at an ordinary level — but at a very high level as well,” he said.Indians president Chris Antonetti and manager Terry Francona met with Donaldson after his workout. It’s still unclear what Donaldson will need to do before he’s ready to take over at third base. He could continue to work with the team or play on a minor league rehab assignment.“That’s what we’re still working on,” Donaldson said. “Whenever that schedule is finalized between all parties, I’m sure it’s going to be addressed, how we’re going to move forward.”The 32-year-old Donaldson batted .234 with five home runs and 16 RBIs this season for the Blue Jays. He hasn’t played since May 28 because of the calf injury. He also was out from April 11-May 2 with a shoulder problem.“I feel very good about where I am right now http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey
,” Donaldson said. “I’d rather not talk about it. I’d rather you see it and judge for yourself.”Donaldson’s addition will cause position changes. Jose Ramirez will move from third to second and Jason Kipnis, the starting second baseman, will begin taking fly balls in center field.Antonetti acknowledged the situation will lead to uncertainty, especially since it isn’t clear when Donaldson will be ready.“They’re obviously tied together,” he said. “All three guys with Kip Freddie Freeman Jersey
, Josh and Jose. All of their plans are interdependent. Once we have an idea what Josh’s plan will be, that will inform our conversations with Jason and Jose.” ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout enjoyed a little pregame celebration and then went right back to work.Trout had an RBI double in his first home game since signing a record contract and agreeing to spend 12 more years with the Los Angeles Angels, who beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 in an exhibition game Sunday night.Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first game of the annual preseason Freeway Series between the teams separated by 35 miles on the I-5.Trout got several large ovations from the Angel Stadium crowd after an energized pregame rally outside the stadium to herald his $426.5 million commitment to stick with the Angels for what he says will be the rest of his career.The seven-time All-Star then doubled to left field off Ross Stripling in the third inning, driving in Jonathan Lucroy with the Angels’ first run.Pujols cracked his third homer of the spring in the fourth inning off Dylan Floro. The three-time NL MVP begins his 19th big league season next week with 633 homers http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey
, sixth-most in baseball history.Stripling yielded one run in three innings of three-hit ball for the Dodgers, who will have the versatile right-hander in their rotation to start the season. With Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill unable to pitch next week due to injuries, Stripling will get the Dodgers’ second start of the year against Arizona on Friday night.“It’s nice to have some definitive answers,” said Stripling, who made 21 starts and 12 relief appearances last season. “It’s pretty crazy. The first thing that comes to mind is I’m proud of being the first guy they call on when stuff hits the fan. It’s important Bob Uecker Jersey
, and something I don’t take lightly.”Felix Pena started for the Angels and racked up nine strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings of three-hit ball.Max Muncy shook off a quiet spring with early back-to-back doubles, driving in Corey Seager in the first inning for the Dodgers.The Dodgers tied it with three runs in the seventh, including Cody Bellinger’s two-run single.Trout agreed to stay with the Angels in part because of his respect for the talent rising through their farm system. Angels fans got a good look at one of those elite prospects when Brandon Marsh made a diving catch in center field and smacked a two-run single in the eighth.NOTES: Angels LF Justin Upton exited with a sprained left big toe in the first inning after running into the wall while chasing Muncy’s first double. Upton barely played in spring training due to knee tendinitis. … The Dodgers signed RHP Justin Grimm to a minor league deal before the game. The former Cubs reliever spent spring training with Cleveland. … Hill is wearing a brace to stabilize his strained left knee, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Hill is expected to be out one more week.UP NEXTThe Freeway Series continues Monday in Anaheim with RHP Kenta Maeda taking the mound for the Dodgers and right-handed reliever Ty Buttrey starting out for the Angels.