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CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a grand slam
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a grand slam

in Triple-A on Monday , soon after the Cleveland Indians put the new arrival on the disabled list to give him more time to rehab a calf injury in the minor leagues.Donaldson connected for Columbus. He walked and lined out before homering against Toledo.The AL Central-leading Indians acquired the 2015 AL MVP from Toronto on Friday. Donaldson has been limited to just 36 games in the majors this year — none since late May — and the Indians are hoping he can get healthy enough to help them in the postseason.Donaldson played third base and batted second in Columbus’ final game of the season. Cleveland manager Terry said Donaldson will work out with the Indians on Tuesday and then join Double-A Akron for the Eastern League playoffs.Francona said multiple meetings took place with Donaldson and the team’s baseball and medical staffs before the decision was made for him to get playing time in the minors before returning to the majors.“When you try to not get over-excited about him being here and getting on the field, we felt like him playing a handful of games would put him in the best position to be healthy where he could come back and play maybe back to back and play multiple games,” Francona said.Donaldson can be activated on Sept. 11. Once he’s been cleared and ready to play for them Santiago Casilla Jersey , the Indians intend to have him at third and slide All-Star Jose Ramirez to second. Jason Kipnis will be moving to the outfield.Francona said both players will begin working out at their new positions this week.“We’ll make that move when they’re ready even if it’s before Donaldson is back with us,” Francona said.The 32-year-old Donaldson hasn’t played in a major league game since May 28.Donaldson took batting practice and did drills at Progressive Field on Sunday. Afterward, he said he was close to being 100 percent.Donaldson won’t be with the Indians when they visit Toronto for a four-game series that begins Thursday. The Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly prepared to "reduce the financial burden" on teams looking to trade for starting pitcher Zack Greinke.Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Monday that the Diamondbacks are in a "transition" with Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock due for free agency. Greinke andPaul Goldschmidt may be available in trade discussions to help expedite that process.Greinke Clayton Richard Jersey , 35, went 15-11 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.08 WHIP last season. He will make $34.5 million in 2019, along with $35 million salaries in 2020 and 2021. It's unclear how much of the contract the Diamondbacks would be willing to eat in trade negotiations.Teams may wind up waiting to see where Corbin signs before pursuing Greinke , who is older and will cost prospects.Dallas Keuchel is also a free agent and should see numerous bidders across the league.A team like the New York Yankees could focus on landing Corbin or Keuchel before making a move for a Greinke or Corey Kluber, the other major pitching name expected to be bandied about on the trade market this winter. The Yankees are one of only a select few teams that have the combination of young players the D-backs may want and the financial wherewithalto absorb most of Greinke's contract. They are also expected to be major players in the pitching acquisition market.A need to improve their staff, whose starters put up a middling 4.05 ERA in 2018 (second-worst among playoff teams) Hunter Renfroe Jersey , could force their hand if they miss out on the big-name free agents, or the Yankees could land a free-agent arm and pull off a blockbuster trade.Greinke has been among the most consistent pitchers in baseball throughouthis career. He has recorded at least two wins above replacement every year since 2007, per FanGraphs.
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