Josh Donaldson feels ready for potential Yankees leadoff duties

Josh Donaldson has solely hit leadoff in seven regular-season video games all through his 11-year MLB profession.

However the Yankees third baseman has been a frequent identify atop Aaron Boone’s lineup this spring and appears to be settling proper in.

Donaldson led off Sunday’s recreation towards the Blue Jays with a stroll and later added two hits, together with his third residence run of Grapefruit League play, in a 7-5 loss at TD Ballpark.

“A part of it’s you get to set the tone early on,” Donaldson mentioned. “However I attempt to take my strategy and at-bat fairly comparable regardless of the place I’m at.”

In 9 video games this spring after getting traded to the Yankees from the Twins within the opening days of camp, Donaldson is batting 9-for-25. In every of the previous 5 video games he has performed in, the 36-year-old hit leadoff, going 7-for-16 with two walks and 4 runs scored.

“I don’t need to say I’m utterly dialed in proper now, however I be ok with the place I’m at and the way my physique feels and is recovering on a day-to-day foundation,” Donaldson mentioned. “I really feel able to go. I really feel prefer it’s a superb time to get going.”

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With two days left in camp, the Yankees nonetheless have a number of roster selections left to make. However Boone likes the place his group is at.

“I feel we’re a greater group proper now than we had been at any factors of final yr,” he mentioned. “I’d say a extra full group. Nevertheless it’s April 3, in order that’s nice and all, however we acquired to go do it.”

Luis Severino mentioned his arm felt good and that he had “regular” soreness on Sunday following his encouraging outing on Saturday — in contrast to after his earlier begin.

“Normally once I pitch, I’ve tightness in my again and that’s it,’’ Severino mentioned. “I’m not tight in my shoulder or elbow. Now it’s simply my again.”

Severino mentioned he plans on taking part in catch Monday and can put together as standard for his scheduled begin on Saturday towards the Crimson Sox in The Bronx.

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Kyle Higashioka mentioned he hasn’t executed a lot to his swing within the offseason to result in the ability surge this spring that’s resulted in a team-high seven homers.

“Nothing groundbreaking,’’ Higashioka mentioned at Steinbrenner Subject. “Little tweaks to the swing. It’s simply studying to belief my strategy and creating a superb strategy and refining that course of.”

“I feel at this level it’s like I’m in a automotive with no brakes. You’ve simply acquired to maintain going. If I attempt to cease, it’s gonna crash and burn.’’

Higashioka has partially credited Donaldson for his robust spring, having beforehand modeled his swing after the previous MVP, however Donaldson redirected the reward.

“I’m simply giving him some nuggets every so often that I’ve realized all through my profession,” Donaldson mentioned. “He’s the one which’s taken the bull by the horns and actually executed a superb job with that.”

After the sport, the Yankees assigned right-hander Shelby Miller and catchers Rob Brantly, David Freitas and Max McDowell to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


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