Josh Donaldson
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Yankees’ third baseman, Josh Donaldson, pulled out of Wednesday’s game against the Phillies due to discomfort in his hamstring.

The Bronx Bombers are feeling the heat as injury issues are piling up. With eight players on the IL already, the Yankees dealt another blow during a 4-2 series win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. The third baseman, Josh Donaldson, limped while running on the base path. Further, he walked back to the dugout and never returned. Isiah Kiner-Falefa filled in for him for the rest of the game.


While the severity of the injury is still unknown, the infielders are rejoicing. With Donaldson out, the Yankees must look to other options to fill the void at third base. Josh’s injury has undoubtedly been a blessing in disguise for certain players who are toiling hard to make it into the final lineup. Let’s look at a few options the Yankees can consider.

Players Best Fit For Josh Donaldson’s Replacement At Third Base

Isiah Kiner Falefa, DJ LeMahieu

The veteran infielder, Josh Donaldson, was slated to be a key contributor for the team this season. But unfortunately, he has been sidelined with a significant injury that will likely keep him out of the field for an extended period of time. Hence, the infielders are queuing up to fill up the spot. Several potential candidates could step up and take on the role, including Isiah Kiner-Falefa and DJ LeMahieu. While Isiah looks like a good choice, his offensive miscues are a major roadblock.

Further, DJ LeMahieu seems the best choice. DJ has picked up from where he left off with the bat. Hence, the offense is never a problem. However, as an injury-prone player, he might limit himself in the field. Regardless, as long as DJ is ticking the scoreboard, the rest can be taken care of. Another option is utility player Oswaldo Cabrera. He can use his utility skills to fill up third base until Josh Donaldson returns back. Also, the Yankees can call up shortstop Oswald Peraza from the minors. He showed great resilience in spring and nearly made it to the team before Anthony Volpe stole the show. Overall, the Yankees have a pond full of fish to choose from, but they must stay mindful.

Yankees Fans Rejoice As Josh Donaldson Suffers Hamstring Injury

Via @TSN_Sports Twitter

Meanwhile, the New York Yankees have shown no mercy to an injured Josh Donaldson. Josh has been on the fans’ radar since last season due to his weak stats. All offseason, they have demanded a trade, but the Yankees refused to pay heed to it. Moreover, the team started the baseman in all games played so far this season. However, on Wednesday, the cold and chilly weather got the better of Josh, who pulled up his hamstring.

Subsequently, the baseman decided to discontinue the game to avoid further damage. Isiah Kiner-Falefa took his place. On the other hand, the fans thronged Twitter to celebrate Josh’s forced ejection. Some even suggested Josh spends time on the 60-day IL and never returns to the field. Certainly, the criticism is harsh for a player who is doing his best to turn things around. But that’s the brutal side of sports.