Yankees’ Josh Donaldson lands on 10-day IL with shoulder inflammation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Josh Donaldson’s return to the Yankees has been delayed, now because of a 10-day IL stint due to right shoulder inflammation, the team announced Friday. 

The third baseman had been on the COVID IL and still needs to have the appeal heard of his one-game suspension for calling White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson “Jackie” on more than one occasion in reference to Anderson referring to himself as the “new Jackie Robinson” in a 2019 Sports Illustrated article. 

Donaldson released a statement on Thursday apologizing again to Anderson, as well as the family of Jackie Robinson. 

Aaron Boone said Friday Donaldson underwent an MRI exam on the shoulder when he was at the Stadium Tuesday to get an IV for COVID-like symptoms. 

Though Donaldson didn’t test positive for COVID, the MRI exam showed inflammation and he got a cortisone injection. 

“It’s something he’s dealt with at different points in different seasons,’’ Boone said before the Yankees’ 2-0 win over the Rays. “He’s managed it this year already and done well. Hopefully the cortisone injection does its job and he gets through this.” 

Josh Donaldson entered the 10-day IL.Corey Sipkin for the NY POST

Donaldson was at the Stadium on Friday, doing some “light hitting,” according to Boone. 

“He’s feeling better,’’ the manager said. 

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