Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jays Sluggers Donaldson, Bautista Leave Playoff Game with Rangers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jays Sluggers Donaldson, Bautista Leave Playoff Game with Rangers

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Donaldson, Bautista leave playoff game

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TORONTO - Losing the American League Division Series opener was bad enough for the Toronto Blue Jays. The thought of losing a couple of star sluggers made things even worse Thursday.

The good news for the Blue Jays is that the right hamstring issue that forced Jose Bautista from the game in the ninth inning was only a cramp. Far more uncertain is the severity of the injury to Josh Donaldson, who took a knee to the head in a collision at second base in the fourth inning.

Bautista received treatment after the 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers at Rogers Centre and said he does not expect to miss any time. Donaldson, meanwhile, cleared his concussion tests and will be re-evaluated before Game 2 on Friday afternoon.

Donaldson came out to play third base in the top of the fifth inning before being replaced in the bottom of the frame.

"I think he got a little lightheaded, felt that something wasn't right," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "But he did pass all the tests so that's a good sign."

Donaldson, who did not speak to reporters after the game, collided with infielder Rougned Odor while trying to break up a double play.

The Toronto slugger had reached on a walk and sprinted for second base after Bautista hit a grounder to third baseman Hanser Alberto, who fired the ball to Odor for the forceout. Odor jumped in the air as the hard-charging Donaldson came barrelling in underneath him.

Donaldson's helmet flew off as his head hit the inside of Odor's left leg.

"That's playoff baseball," said Toronto second baseman Ryan Goins. "Guys are going in hard. (Odor) did a good job to get out of the way and just having Josh hit his knee or whatever it was. So that's how it goes. We'll come in tomorrow and get after it."

Donaldson stayed down on the ground for a few seconds before walking off under his own power. …

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