TORONTO - Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was removed for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning of the American League Division Series opener against the Texas Rangers on Thursday due to a possible head injury.
The club said Donaldson passed all concussion tests and will be evaluated again in the morning.
Donaldson was shaken up when he slid hard into second base to break up a potential double play in the fourth inning. The Blue Jays said that Donaldson was removed as a precaution after taking a knee to his head on the play from Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, who also was limping after the play.
He stayed in the game for the top of the fifth but outfielder Ezequiel Carrera batted for him in the home fifth. Cliff Pennington took over at third base.