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Finding a job was pretty easy for Josh Donaldson.

#1 von zhangzk , 23.04.2019 03:50

LAKE BUENA VISTA , Fla. (AP) — Proving he can keep it will be the tough part.The former AL MVP didn’t have to wait long for a new opportunity, signing a one-year, $23 million contract with the Atlanta Braves less than a month after the World Series ended.“I didn’t expect it to go that quickly,” Donaldson said Wednesday, the day before his first organized workout with the NL East champions. “It was my first time in free agency so I had something of an idea, but you don’t really know. I was very happy with the timing of it. They gave me the ease of the entire offseason to know which team I was going to be with.”At 33 and coming off two straight injury-riddled seasons, the third baseman understood his market value had changed, that he would have to prove he can play an entire season.“I wasn’t expecting much (contract) length,” he said. “I think you have to be realistic in what you’re looking for.. . . One year, I felt, was a great opportunity to come here and help this organization. I feel like if I go out and play well, there could be a chance for more years after this.”After finishing among the top eight in AL MVP voting four straight times and winning the award with Toronto in 2015, Donaldson was limited to 113 games by a calf injury in 2017. Last season, due mostly to a shoulder injury Reggie Jackson Jersey , he played in just 52 games with the Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians.“I’m not a robot,” he said. “Everybody, if they play long enough, is going to deal with injuries — 2017 was the first time I’ve missed time due to an injury. Then 2018 was a lost season because of injuries. As we continue in our careers, our bodies are constantly evolving, and we’re just trying to be ahead of that and focus on being as efficient and as strong as possible.”Donaldson spent the offseason working on his lower body, trying to gain strength in his feet and toes and improve his mobility.“When I was 26, 27 years old, I felt I could go out there and and tear a hamstring and the next day I could be fine,” he said. “The older you get into your career and the more evolved you get into your career, you know you’re going to have to deal with things a little better.”While acknowledging little familiarity with the former American Leaguer, Braves manager Brian Snitker knew Donaldson would be a good fit when he called him soon after the signing.“I can tell the energy with which he plays, the intensity with which he plays, and the focus on winning ,” said Snitker, whose initial plan is for Donaldson to bat second, play third and stay healthy.Donaldson, who grew up in Alabama as a Braves fan, has a sense of coming home at a crucial point in his career.“I just have a little more to prove this year than probably in years past,” he said.NOTES: Although Thursday will mark the Braves’ first full-squad workout, the routine won’t be much different from the last three days, with everybody having reported. “We’ll have some team-oriented things in, we’ll start working on some fundamentals. That’ll be the biggest change,” Snitker said.. . . RHP Touki Toussaint and LHP Kolby Allard will face the New York Mets in Saturday’s exhibition opener at Port St. Lucie. SEATTLE (AP) — When manager Andy Green walked to the mound on Monday night, the plan was set in motion.He congratulated Chris Paddack on finishing off his brilliant spring training with the San Diego Padres by throwing 2 2/3 shutout innings against the Seattle Mariners. Green then turned to Eric Hosmer, Ian Kinsler and Manny Machado as they surrounded the young pitcher and posed a question to the veteran infielders.“He asked us what we were all doing Sunday and we said we would be right behind this guy playing,” Hosmer said. “I think he got the message.”The 23-year-old Paddack, a promising right-hander Glenn Hubbard Jersey , will be part of San Diego’s rotation when the regular season begins. He’ll make his first major league start Sunday against the San Francisco Giants after capping his eye-opening spring with a dominant — but brief — performance in Seattle.Green and his staff had already seen enough over the previous month to know Paddack had earned his spot two years after Tommy John surgery nearly derailed his career.“(He) earned it. He really did. He did it the way you want to see everybody do it. He knocked the door down,” Green said.Green was correct. Paddack was impressive all spring. The game Monday was his fifth appearance, and he finished with three earned runs in 15 1/3 innings while striking out 24. His fastball and changeup were already major league quality, but the addition of a curveball was a big difference in his progression this year.Paddack had Tommy John surgery in 2016 after throwing just 42 innings in the minors. He missed the entire 2017 season while rehabbing and split last year between Class A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio as built up arm strength. He threw a total of 90 innings in 2018 and was shut down.There was optimism he could break through during spring training, but no guarantee it would happen.“Just the whole moment. Coming in today knowing this was my first opportunity to pitch in a big league stadium. Going into it I had no idea that was going to happen,” he said.Paddack broke into a smile on the mound as he realized the news being shared. He tried to stay stoic as he walked off the mound. But by the time he reached the dugout, the emotions had hit. He connected with his family and his best friend. He made video calls and relished in making the big league club.“Tears of joy. Tears of hard work,” Paddack said. “Just reflecting on everything that happened, soaking it all in. They gave me some time to call the family. If you were in the hallway you probably heard me screaming.”Paddack is just another addition to a young but promising Padres pitching staff. His innings will be closely monitored throughout the season and there will be times he might be skipped or regulated considering his limited usage a year ago.But on this night, all that was secondary.“The road hasn’t been straight,” Paddack said. “We’ve had some bumps in the road coming back from Tommy John surgery, first full season back last year. I had some adversity I’ve faced, but it’s a special moment for me and my family.”

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