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Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson 'moving along pretty good'

By Rob Longley, Toronto Sun

DUNEDIN — As Blue Jays manager John Gibbons says, you know Josh Donaldson is around because you can hear him.

But is the former American League MVP getting closer to making his spring training debut?

“He’s been down in the (batting) cage the last few days and he really looks good when you watch him hit,” Gibbons said on Friday. “He’s been taking his ground balls in that back field. He’s moving along pretty good.

“Once he gets going, there shouldn’t be any setbacks I wouldn’t think. I don’t think he’ll be too too far off.”

Donaldson, who has been his usual self in the Jays clubhouse, suffered a strain to his right calf during a workout and was immediately shut down.

At the time, the team said he’d be out of action for two to three weeks and given Gibbons update on Friday, that recovery timeline would seem on target for the veteran third baseman.

Meanwhile, Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales shook off the effects of getting hit by a pitch in the third inning.

Morales was replaced by a pinch runner, but was only scheduled to get two at-bats. Gibbons said he’ll join the team for Saturday’s game against the Twins in Fort Myers.

rlongley@postmedia.com