Josh Donaldson's stint with the Cleveland Indians isn't expected to last long. But it will officially begin on Tuesday night when the former American League MVP makes his debut with the team against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Hours prior to the 7:10 p.m. first pitch, the Indians activated Donaldson from the 10-day disabled list. Tuesday night will mark his first action with Cleveland since being acquired in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 31.
The 2015 American League MVP, Donaldson has not appeared in Major League action since May 28 as he's battled a left calf injury that had some rival teams calling into question his ability to be traded. After being acquired by Cleveland, Donaldson spent the better part of the past week on a rehab assignment, which saw him hit home runs in games with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers and Double-A Akron Rubber Ducks.
Having appeared in just 36 games this season, the 3-time All-Star has hit for a .234 batting average to go along with 5 home runs and 16 RBIs. He is expected to take over as the Indians third baseman, moving MVP candidate Jose Ramirez to his original position of second base, while shifting Jason Kipnis to center field.
With the addition of Donaldson, the Indians now possess the ability to feature either a current or former All-Star at every position in their lineup.
Laying claim to am 81-63 record, Cleveland's magic number to clinch a third consecutive American League Central championship is currently 4.