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Josh Donaldson 0-for-7 through two spring games

Mar 4, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

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A’s assistant general manager David Forst told the San Francisco Chronicle last week that Josh Donaldson would get the first shot at replacing Scott Sizemore (knee surgery) at third base.

It’s still early, and regular-season playing time is rarely dictated by spring training stats, but the 26-year-old former catcher is not off to a good start.

Donaldson went hitless in Saturday’s spring exhibition game against the Mariners and is now 0-for-7 with three strikeouts since the opening of Cactus League play. Eric Sogard, who might be next in line for playing time at the hot corner, went 2-for-4 in Saturday’s game and homered in his debut Friday.

Donaldson batted .261/.344/.439 with 17 homers and 70 RBI in 115 games last year at Triple-A Sacramento.

  1. sisqsage - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:09 AM


  2. hwentworth - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Seven at bats does not a season make.

  3. Joe - Mar 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Great moments in small sample size analytics.

  4. Alex K - Mar 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    I remember when the Cubs traded him to the A’s I was a little bummed. It turns out Harden was pretty good for the Cubs that year and Donaldson has lost a lot of value by moving off catcher.

    • jason1214 - Mar 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      With Wellington Castillo, Steve Clevenger & Micah Gibbs in the Cubs system, its debatable Donaldson would even be top catcher in their system. I agree Harden was relatively good with Cubs.

      • Alex K - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        I was talking about when the Cubs traded him. He was a solid catching prospect. Obviously, he hasn’t panned out like some thought he would, so Hendry looks good on this move.

      • jwbiii - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:28 PM

        Donaldson was a part of that trade because the A’s Midwest League catcher, Jonathan Johnston, is a USNA grad and was about to be called up to active duty.

      • jason1214 - Mar 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

        No worries man, I was surprised when my Cubs dealt him.

  5. paperlions - Mar 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    He’s also off to not so good a start by having his performance decline with each step up in competition over the last few years. Being a league average AAA hitter as a 1B is not a good indicator of future success as a MLB 1B.

  6. realgone2 - Mar 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    And jason Varitek in 1998 got 1 AB and got a hit. Give him the batting title!!!

  7. firstandonlywarning - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Just clicked on this article to reference how credibility and windows are linked when people post silly stuff like this.

  8. scatterbrian - Mar 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    …and Jemile Weeks is slugging 1.167.

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