A few weeks ago there was a poll asking if Oakland Athletics fans were comfortable with Josh Donaldson in the lineup while Brandon Inge was on the disabled list after appearing to dislocate his right shoulder on a diving stop of a ground ball hit by the Chicago White Sox‘s Alex Rios.
The injury was actually diagnosed as a sprain and he did stay in the game and deliver the game winning rbi single. With the sprain he was placed on the 15-day disabled list and that resulted in the call up of Donaldson.
He has made the most of the opportunity at third base since being inserted into the lineup on August 14. He has hit .344 with 22 hits, eight runs scored, has six doubles, four home runs, 14 rbi, six walks, 12 strikeouts and a obp of .408. He’s also made some tremendous plays at third including faking out a runner out on second who thought he was going to be throwing to first and last night he made a bare handed play on a ball hit down the line and threw the runner out at first.
In his previous 28 games with he A’s he struggled offensively hitting .153, with 15 hits, five doubles, one home run, seven rbi, a walk, 26 strikeouts and a obp of .160. With his hot bat he has raised his average to .228, with 37 hits, 11 doubles, five home runs, 21 rbi, seven walks, 38 strikeouts and a obp of .263.
He was not in the lineup tonight as Inge got the start after coming off his rehab stint with the Sacramento Rivercats. Though his night didn’t last long as he re-injured his shoulder on a throw in the third inning and Adam Rosales moved over from second base to third base and Cliff Pennington took over at second.
Tonight Donaldson was not in the lineup against the Boston Red Sox because of a hip flexor injury and he could be back on Sunday which gives him the opportunity to hit a home run in four consecutive games. As for the question the answer is yes A’s fans can be comfortable with him at third base.