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Josh Donaldson heads into season with no regrets, excited to start his new baseball journey in Minnesota

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Josh Donaldson had a fun time in Atlanta in 2019. As a member of the Braves, he bounced back in the biggest way, posting a .259 batting average, .379 on-base percentage, 37 homers, and 94 RBI in 155 games.

It resulted in the All-Star third baseman cashing in with a big four-year, $92 million contract in free agency, but it wasn’t with the team he anticipated. He let it be known publicly that he really hoped on returning to the Braves, but for whatever reason, that hope did not come to fruition. He ended up signing with the Minnesota Twins, returning back to the American League where he previously enjoyed stints with the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays.

He still isn’t entirely sure why things didn’t work out in Atlanta, but does not have any bad feelings towards the franchise.

“I was a little surprised in how it worked…[The Braves] obviously had a game plan. I can’t comment on what their game plan was because I don’t know.” said Donaldson.

“At the end of the day, I know they have guys who are very capable of playing third base. So, I had the understanding to a certain point of either signing me or going [in] a different direction. That’s OK. That’s the game we’re in.”

He knew he had to avoid thinking about others, and do what was best for his well being and future. And that path took him to Minnesota.

“I knew they were going to have that capability to go out, compete and win again. So, for me, I had to make sure I was doing what was right for me and my family.”

The 34-year old, who is entering his 10th MLB season, has a career .373/.464/.819 slash line with 10 homers in 22 career games at Target Field, the home field of his new team. So history suggests he will flourish in their big hitting lineup. Only time will tell.


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Braves ace Mike Soroka suffers torn Achilles tendon, out for rest of season

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The Atlanta Braves have been given some devastating news.

The team learned on Monday that their number 1 startyer Mike Soroka will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2020 season after suffering a torn achilles tendon in his right leg.

He sustained the injury when he ran off the mound to cover first base after a routine grounder to Mike Freeman in the top of the third inning during the team’s 7-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Monday. He had to helped off the field and was unable to put weight on the injured leg.

“If Mike Soroka can’t walk off the field, you know it’s pretty serious,” said teammate Freddie Freeman.

“It’s just a terrible injury for somebody so young, so bright, so determined to be great at this game.”

The 23-year old Calgary native was pitching in his third start this season. He ends his shortened 2020 campaign with an 0-1 record, 3.95 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 13.2 innings pitched.

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No new players on Phillies, Marlins have tested positive for COVID-19

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It appears Major League Baseball might finally get back to normal after a wild week involving a coronavirus outbreak, cancellation/postponement of several games, and the threat of the season being cancelled.

It has been reported that the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Miami Marlins have not reported new coronavirus cases over the past couple of days, clearing them to resume their schedules next week.

Both teams have played just three games in 2020, and haven’t taken the field since last Sunday due to a COVID-19 outbreak that saw nearly 20 Marlins players/coaches, and two Phillies staff members test positive for the virus.

Assuming there is no setbacks, the Phillies will be back in action on Monday to begin a series against the New York Yankees, while the Marlins will start four-game series over a span of three days with the Baltimore Orioles over three days starting on Tuesday.

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Jays’ Grichuk and Bichette not in lineup, listed day-to-day

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Randal Grichuk is listed with a lower back injury and Bo Bichette has a hurting left hamstring so they aren’t in the lineup tonight in Washington.

This isn’t great news as their closer Ken Giles went on the 10 day IL with a forearm strain. They need him as their bullpen has blown 2 leads since his injury.

These injuries were all suffered in their series in Tampa against the Rays.

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