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Josh Donaldson headed back to disabled list for more rehab starts

This was expected before the trade was even made.

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The Cleveland Indians are planning to place Josh Donaldson back on the disabled list, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Donaldson was acquired by the Indians late last week after missing most of 2018 with various, lingering injuries. He said in a recent interview that he feels ready to play, but the Indians, understandably, would rather he test everything out in the low-stress environment of the minor leagues, instead of playing hobbled and taking away at-bats from fellow major-leaguers.

Most notably, as Rosenthal stated in the tweet above, this trip the DL means that Donaldson will not be with the Indians when they head to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays this Thursday.

Donaldson, who spent his last four seasons with the Blue Jays, stopped just short of giving his former team a tongue lashing for how his season, the injuries, and the trade were handled in an interview with The Athletic:

Asked whether he felt the Jays had dumped him when he was down, he replied: “I think you can say that …”

Then, a short pause.

“… but that’s not what I’m going to say. I don’t know. I don’t know what their thoughts are … It doesn’t really matter how I feel at the end of the day. It matters that this is my job, that this is what I love to do and if a team wants to bring me in to allow me to do what I love, which is play the game, then I’m for it.”

Seeing him face his old team with a massive chip on his shoulder would have been fun, but it’s more important for the Indians — and honestly, Donaldson — to get some quality rehab time instead of pushing it to prove a point after not playing for several months.

Just be healthy in October.