Donaldson back in lineup as designated hitter

Donaldson back in lineup as designated hitter

TORONTO -- Third baseman Josh Donaldson returned to the Blue Jays' lineup as a designated hitter Wednesday night after missing parts of the previous two games with tightness in his right calf. He went 0-for-2 with two walks in the 2-0 loss to the Brewers.

Donaldson was forced to leave Sunday's game against Tampa Bay in the sixth inning after feeling discomfort while trying to beat out a ground ball. He was held out of Tuesday's starting lineup against the Brewers, but did get into the game during the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter, and struck out swinging in the 4-3 loss

The 31-year-old is not ready to play the field, and the club wants him to take it easy while running the bases. He was cleared to start at DH. That move forced the Blue Jays to put Kendrys Morales at first base where he made his first start of the year in the field.

"It felt fine," Donaldson said after the game. "As the game progressed, it felt good out there."

Manager John Gibbons used Donaldson's availability to unveil a new-look lineup. Donaldson was dropped to No. 3 in the batting order while Jose Bautista moved up one spot to second. Gibbons would not to commit to sticking with the change long-term, but it does appear he wanted to shake things up a little bit after entering play on Wednesday with a Major League-worst .565 OPS.

The change appears to be an attempt to have Donaldson bat with runners on base more frequently. Bautista had just one extra-base hit through seven games entering the series finale against Milwaukee, but he owns a career on-base percentage of .368, and his ability to draw walks could put Donaldson in a better position to drive in more runs.

One thing Gibbons doesn't expect to see from the change is how opposing teams have been pitching to Bautista.

"That wasn't part of it, who knows that might happen? But they fear Morales, too. So I don't know how much of a different approach that will be," Gibbons said.

Osuna passes test

Roberto Osuna returned to action Tuesday night after missing the first week of the season because of neck spasms. The injury caused a drop in his velocity during Spring Training, but he was hitting 95 mph with his fastball and even topped out at 98 while tossing a scoreless inning in the loss.

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"I think everybody notices that," Gibbons said. "There's no doubt it was down in Spring Training, and we all felt it was related to his neck and everything. That's a good sign."

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.