Oakland Athletics slugger Josh Donaldson did not play on Sunday because manager Bob Melvin decided it was best for the third baseman to rest his strained quad. There is no question Donaldson would have been able to suit up if the situation required it. At this point, he must take rest when he can get it, as the Athletics will need him to continue playing at a high level down the stretch.
“He’s a true grinder,” Melvin said, according to Athletics.com. “He can play with some nicks, some aches and pains, but this is one where we just felt like it was prudent to leave him out today.”
Donaldson leads the team in batting average (.297), runs batted in (82), walks (61) and games played (140). He also ranks second in home runs (21) and doubles (34).
It is easy to say that Oakland would not have a two-game lead over the Texas Rangers in the American League West division without Donaldson’s stellar performance on offense, but that would probably be the understatement of the year for the Athletics. Everyone in the organization knows how much he means to the ball club, which is why they cannot allow a lowly strain turn into something more serious at this point in the season.
The 27-year-old is currently on a five-game hitting streak in which he is batting .454 with two home runs and five RBI in 22 at-bats. With only 19 games left on the regular season, it is important for Donaldson to get hot right at the end in order to help carry the team in the playoffs.
Fans can except to see Donaldson back in the lineup Tuesday night after getting a day off.