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Josh Donaldson suffers hamstring injury in his first at-bat on Opening Day

Donaldson has been bothered by multiple lower-body injuries over the past few years.

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Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson suffered a hamstring injury following his first at-bat of the 2021 season on Thursday.

Donaldson ripped a double off of Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff in the first inning but began limping as he rounded first base. He remained at second for the rest of that inning before exiting. He was replaced in the lineup by Jake Cave. Luis Arraez moved from left field to third base to fill the void for Donaldson there.

Donaldson, who won the 2015 American League MVP while playing for the Oakland A’s, played in only 28 of 60 games last season largely due a calf injury. Shoulder and calf injuries limited him to just 52 games played split between the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians in 2018.

In 2019, Donaldson’s most recent healthy season, he crushed 37 homers and drove in 94 runs for the Atlanta Braves.