Black and Blue Jays? Donaldson, Bautista injured in ALDS Game 1
After taking a knee to the head, Josh Donaldson didn’t make it to the end of Toronto’s first postseason game in 22 years.
Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer against David Price, Rougned Odor had a solo shot and the Texas Rangers beat the Blue Jays 5-3 Thursday in an AL Division Series opener.
Donaldson left in the fifth, one inning after colliding with Odor’s left knee while sliding in an attempt to break up a double play.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said the slugging third baseman felt light-headed while playing defense in the fifth, forcing the AL MVP candidate to come out of the game.
"They check for concussions, and apparently he passed all the tests. So that’s good news," Gibbons said.
Donaldson passed concussion tests. Will be monitored, expected to be fine. Bautista rt hamstring tightness. Mild. Expected to play tomorrow.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 8, 2015
Donaldson did not speak to reporters afterward. His status for Friday’s Game 2 is uncertain.
"Hopefully he can bounce back and be back in the lineup tomorrow," catcher Russell Martin said. "He’s an MVP. Obviously you want that guy playing."
The Rangers also lost their third baseman, Adrian Beltre, to a strained lower back. He left after hitting an RBI single in the third.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he wasn’t sure whether Beltre would be available for Game 2. In an effort to stay in the game, Beltre had a cortisone shot after he was injured sliding into second base in the first.
"Obviously we want Adrian in there," Banister said. "He’s the heart and soul of this ballclub."
Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista hit a solo homer in the sixth, then left with a sore right hamstring after popping out in the eighth. The Blue Jays said Bautista is expected to play Friday.
Bautista said the Game 1 defeat "doesn’t make a difference" in his approach.
"We’ve still got to go out there tomorrow and keep winning games and we have to go to Texas anyway and win there," he said.