Red-hot Donaldson returns to A's lineup

Red-hot Donaldson returns to A's lineup

Red-hot Donaldson returns to A's lineup
OAKLAND -- Josh Donaldson left the A's back in April with an .094 batting average staring him in the face, and he came back on Saturday riding a wave to the tune of .447.

That's what Donaldson hit at Triple-A Sacramento in the two weeks between his April 23 demotion and his return to the A's, and there wasn't much difference in his swing, Donaldson said.

"It was one of those things where I caught a couple breaks early [in Sacramento]," Donaldson said. "Then I got locked in and was hitting the ball very well. I wasn't missing any pitches. Up here I was missing every good pitch I had. My confidence is at an all-time high right now."

Donaldson began the season as the A's everyday third baseman, but he struggled so much [3-for-32] he was sent down. His hot streak at Triple-A made him the A's choice to return to the roster when Yoenis Cespedes was placed on the disabled list Saturday.

Donaldson said he got word of his promotion when he was about to take batting practice in Sacramento. He quickly changed and made the 90-minute drive to Oakland, arriving in the sixth inning.

"I can't tell you how fast I was driving," Donaldson said.

Manager Bob Melvin put Donaldson right into the starting lineup against Tigers ace Justin Verlander on Sunday.