The Yanks’ Josh Donaldson (calf) may miss this season

July 5, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson (28) circled the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Image: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

A day after being on the injured list 10 days with what the team is calling a right calf strain, New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson told reporters Monday night that his injury was much worse — bad enough that he couldn’t say if he thought he could return this season.

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Speaking with reporters in Anaheim, California, before the start of the Yankees’ three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, Donaldson replied, “I don’t know,” when asked if he could play again this season.

The New York Post reported that the injury was severe enough to be considered a tear rather than a strain, with one doctor calling it a Grade 2-plus strain and another classifying it as Grade 3.

According to WebMD, a Grade 2 strain means “the muscle hasn’t been completely torn. However, you will lose strength and motion in the muscle and it may take 2-3 months to recover,” while a Grade 3 strain means “the muscle or tendon has completely worn off.” torn. You may need surgery.”

There is currently no schedule for Donaldson’s return, although manager Aaron Boone said it would “be a decent amount of time” before Donaldson could play.

Donaldson, 37, picked up the injury on Saturday while running out of a ground ball in the seventh inning of New York’s 6-3 win against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. He was also sidelined with a right hamstring injury from 5 April to 2 June. 142 through 33 games, with 10 home runs but only four singles and one double.

262 hitter with 276 homers and 805 RBI in 1,366 games over 13 seasons with six teams. He is in his sophomore season with the Yankees. He will become a free agent after this season, and last month he told The Athletic he was undecided whether he would play in 2024 or retire at the end of this season.

–Field Level Media

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