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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Athletics Injury Update: Josh Donaldson, Eric O'Flaherty

By on 9/30/2014 02:00:00 PM

UPDATE: As expected, Donaldson is in the lineup batting third. 

ORIGINAL: Oakland Athletics third basemen Josh Donaldson said his sore left knee feels a little better in advance of Tuesday night's AL Wild Card Game, reports Jane Lee of Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports adds that reliever Eric O'Flaherty threw live batting practice on Monday after missing eight days:

Donaldson didn't participate in any running drills on Monday in an attempt to give his ailing knee a full day of rest, but it would obviously take something very severe to keep him out of the one-game playoff. He will be limited on the basepaths, but the Athletics don't expect his performance at the plate or in the field to be hindered.

The 28-year-old All-Star is Oakland's most dangerous hitter and one of the most valuable players in the entire league. Donaldson posted 6.4 WAR in 2014 and will be asked to carry a struggling A's lineup.

O'Flaherty's elbow has been sore over the past couple of weeks as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery in May 2013, which is normal for the procedure. He has been left off the Oakland roster for the wild-card game and it's unclear if the team will want to add him in potential later rounds.

Although he managed just 20 innings this year, O'Flaherty has been effective with a 2.25 ERA (4.48 FIP).

Oakland has slumped terribly since the All-Star beak, but remains dangerous in the playoffs due to an outstanding rotation. The A's could meet the rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS, but will have to get past a hungry Kansas City Royals team first.    

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