Josh Donaldson homers in return, Blue Jays defeat Indians in extras

Rain is possible for the Cleveland Indians Toronto Blue Jays games at Progressive Field Thursday

Rain is possible for the Cleveland Indians Toronto Blue Jays games at Progressive Field Thursday

Interviewed by a group of Toronto reporters on Thursday morning, Donaldson said he is ready to go with no limitations, though manager John Gibbons has said that they will be careful with the all-star third baseman, using him as a DH from time to time and giving him the occasional day off for maintenance purposes.

He spent several games serving as the designated hitter while he got his arm in shape, but the shoulder pain continued to be an issue.

In 12 games with the Jays before going on the DL, Donaldson was hitting.239 with a.808 OPS with three home runs and eight walks in 46 at-bats.

The "Bringer of Rain" didn't just make his way back into the lineup, he pronounced his return with a huge day at the plate against the Cleveland Indians.

The Blue Jays and Indians won't meet again until the first week in September. Solarte was involved in several big plays and cut his face on an awkward slide into third in the third inning.

Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco was in line to pick up an ugly win after the Indians rallied from a 5-0 hole.

Between that, Garcia left a four-seamer up to Brandon Guyer, who ripped an RBI double to put Cleveland on the board and didn't bury a sinker to Bradley Zimmer on a two-run single that made it a 5-3 game.

Carrasco pitched into the sixth, striking out the first batter before allowing a single to Curtis Granderson. Goody was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation and Francona said he will undergo an MRI on May 4.

While Toronto improved to 4-0 in extras, Cleveland fell to 0-4. Tagging at second on a fly to center, Solarte attempted a head-first slide that went awry and he dragged his face across the ground before flipping over the bag.

And because sliding into third with a face is painful and a bad idea, Solarte would get his nose taped between innings. Solarte needed medical assistance and a few moments to compose himself before play resumed. First baseman Justin Smoak was placed on the paternity list while outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. and left-hander Tim Mayza were recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. Their bullpen has been a mess without him.

Joe Biagini was scheduled to start the second game against Adam Plutko and another roster move for the Blue Jays was possible as Steve Pearce left the game after a fifth-inning strikeout, perhaps re-aggravating the oblique he tweaked earlier this week. J.A. Happ starts Friday's opener against Ryan Yarbrough. Tomlin has allowed a major league-leading 10 homers in 18 2/3 innings.

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