TAMPA — Josh Donaldson is nursing a sore proper shoulder that he doesn’t consider will trigger him to overlook any time — even in spring coaching.
“I don’t anticipate to sit down out any video games,” Donaldson mentioned Monday at Steinbrenner Subject. “We ramped up fast [in spring training] and are simply making an attempt to get forward of it. It’s simply sore.’’
Donaldson has been bothered by leg accidents in every of the previous two seasons and hung out on the IL early in 2018 with proper shoulder irritation, which precipitated him to have a useless arm and miss two weeks.
He mentioned Monday he could possibly be again at third base as quickly as Tuesday, when the Yankees play host to the Phillies, when he’ll proceed to concentrate to what pitchers are doing within the wake of MLB’s renewed focus on cracking down on the use of foreign substances.
Donaldson was outspoken in regards to the topic final season — and called out Gerrit Cole in the process — and mentioned he was conscious that spin charges across the league started to rise barely within the latter a part of the season after dropping considerably in June and July.
“I observed, I observed,’’ Donaldson mentioned. “I noticed the spin charges go up, however my eyes are fairly in tune to how pitches are imagined to look, and I may see some issues beginning to occur once more.”
Umpires started checking pitchers once more over the weekend, altering their focus from gloves and belts to the palms, with a objective of being much less invasive and extra environment friendly to find potential unlawful substances.
For now, Donaldson mentioned he’s assured MLB will control the state of affairs and he famous he hasn’t seen something untoward this spring.
“I haven’t observed something out of the bizarre,’’ Donaldson mentioned of Grapefruit League video games.
“We’ll see the way it performs out. To me, it’s a non-issue for the time being. I feel they’re making an attempt to remain on high of it to verify it doesn’t change into a problem.”
Requested if he thought it had change into a problem once more by the tip of final season, Donaldson mentioned: “I feel there may need been some groups that went somewhat bit extra with making an attempt to give you methods to get round it. It wasn’t all over.”
And he has no plans for turning into the focal point on the topic once more.
“After final yr, I mentioned my piece and let it go,’’ Donaldson mentioned. “I feel they dealt with it and now they’re doing what they need to do to proceed to watch it. If we get to a degree within the yr the place it’s prefer it was final yr, we’ll take care of it, and also you’ll find out about it.”