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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Athletics Injury Update: Josh Donaldson will play through knee problem

By on 9/27/2014 10:15:00 AM

The Oakland A's improved to 87-73 on the season following a 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday. Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with three RBI for the A's, while Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson each added two hits in the winning effort. Donaldson suffered what looked like a left knee injury during the game, but refused to leave the game.

As reported by Jane Lee of at MLBlogs, Donaldson has been playing with nagging injuries throughout much of the second half of the season.  He injured his knee on an attempt to field a foul ground ball in the third inning. After manager Bob Melvin and trainer Nick Paparesta came out to look at Donaldson, he decided to stay in the game.

Closer Sean Doolittle admitted that the incident with Donaldson was scary.
“It was very scary, but the kind of guy that Donaldson is, he’s tough as nails, he’s an absolute gamer. His legs are gonna have to be off his body for him not to stay in the game. We all breathe a huge sigh of relief when he got up, and then next at-bat got a knock, scored a run. That’s the kind of player that he is.”
Redick knows how important Donaldson is for the team moving forward.
“I didn’t even think he’d come back and do what he did. It just shows how tough he really is and shows how important these games really are. To stay in was really big and to even come up with a big base hit  like he did and get that rally going.  Hopefully he’s all right because without him it’s going to be a tough task."
Donaldson, in his fourth Major League season, is batting .253 with a career-high 28 home runs and 97 RBI in 156 games this season.   In 403 career games, all with the A's, Donaldson has a batting average of .267 with 62 home runs and 227 RBI.

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