MLB Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 1): Josh Donaldson Leaves With Injury; 2 Games Postponed

MLB Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 1): Josh Donaldson Leaves With Injury; 2 Games Postponed article feature image
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Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images. Pictured: Josh Donaldson

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Thursday’s MLB slate. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out our Action Labs MLB lineups page.

Update, 3:15 p.m. ET: Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson left the team’s Opening Day game against the Brewers with an apparent injury. Luis Arraez moved from left field to third base and Jake Cave entered the game in left field. We’ll update with Donaldson’s injury status as more is known.


Update, 11:30 a.m. ET: Thursday’s game between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals has been postponed because of COVID-19 issues.


Thursday’s Opening Day contest between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox has been postponed because of rain. The teams had a built-in off day on Friday and the game will simply be moved back one day. First pitch is expected for 2:10 p.m. on Friday.


The Toronto Blue Jays begin a season with high expectations against the New York Yankees in the Bronx at 1:05 p.m. ET, but they’ll be without their prized offseason acquisition.

George Springer, who signed a six-year, $150 million contract in the offseason, was placed on the IL ahead of the start of the season with a Grade 2 oblique strain. Toronto manager Charlie Montoya said Springer’s latest MRI showed improvement and that they hoped to have him back “as soon as possible.”


The Minnesota Twins start the season in Milwaukee against the Brewers, and a National League park coupled with no DH in the National League means they will be without slugger Nelson Cruz. Third baseman Josh Donaldson is expected to play.


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Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees, 1:05 p.m. ET

Probable Starting Pitchers

  • Blue Jays: Hyun-Jin Ryu (L)
  • Yankees: Gerrit Cole (R)

Projected Lineups

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cole (R) Position
Marcus Semien CF
Cavan Biggio 3B
Bo Bichette SS
Teoscar Hernandez RF
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. LF
Rowdy Tellez DH
Randal Grichuk CF
Danny Jansen C

Key Players Projected In: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Marcus Semien, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Key Players Projected Out: George Springer

New York Yankees vs. Ryu (L) Position
DJ LeMahieu 2B
Aaron Judge RF
Aaron Hicks CF
Giancarlo Stanton DH
Gleyber Torres SS
Gio Urshela 3B
Gary Sanchez C
Jay Bruce 1B
Clint Frazier LF

Key Players Projected In: Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres

Key Players Projected Out: None

Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers, 1:10 p.m. ET

Projected Starting Pitchers

  • Indians: Shane Bieber (R)
  • Tigers: Matthew Boyd (L)

Projected Lineups

Cleveland Indians vs. Boyd (L) Position
Jordan Luplow CF
Cesar Hernandez 2B
Jose Ramirez 3B
Eddie Rosario LF
Franmil Reyes DH
Josh Naylor RF
Yu Chang 1B
Roberto Perez C
Andres Gimenez SS

Key Players Confirmed In: Jose Ramirez

Key Players Confirmed Out: None

Detroit Tigers vs. Bieber (R) Position
Robbie Grossman LF
Jeimer Candelario 3B
Willi Castro SS
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Nomar Mazara DH
Wilson Ramos C
Victor Reyes RF
JaCoby Jones CF

Key Players Confirmed In: None

Key Players Confirmed Out: None

Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox, PPD

Minnesota Twins at Milwaukee Brewers, 2:10 p.m. ET

Probable Starting Pitchers

  • Twins: Kenta Maeda (R)
  • Brewers: Brandon Woodruff (R)

Projected Lineups

Minnesota Twins vs. Woodruff (R) Position
Luis Arraez LF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Jorge Polanco 2B
Miguel Sano 1B
Max Kepler RF
Byron Buxton CF
Mitch Garver C
Andrelton Simmons SS
Kenta Maeda P

Key Players Projected In: Josh Donaldson

Key Players Projected Out: Nelson Cruz

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Maeda (R) Position
Kolten Wong 2B
Keston Hiura 1B
Christian Yelich LF
Avisail Garcia RF
Travis Shaw 3B
Lorenzo Cain CF
Omar Narvaez C
Luis Urias SS
Brandon Woodruff P

Key Players Projected In: Christian Yelich

Key Players Projected Out: None

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. ET

Probable Starting Pitchers

  • Pirates: Chad Kuhl (R)
  • Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (R)

Projected Lineups

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Hendricks (R) Position
Adam Frazier 2B
Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B
Bryan Reynolds LF
Colin Moran 1B
Kevin Newman SS
Gregory Polanco RF
Jacob Stallings C
Anthony Alford CF
Chad Kuhl P

Key Players Projected In: None

Key Players Projected Out: None

Chicago Cubs vs. Kuhl (R) Position
Ian Happ CF
Willson Contreras C
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Kris Bryant 3B
Joc Pederson LF
Javier Baez SS
Jason Heyward RF
David Bote 2B
Kyle Hendricks P

Key Players Projected In: Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras

Key Players Projected Out: None

Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies, 3:05 p.m. ET

Probable Starting Pitchers

  • Braves: Max Fried (L)
  • Phillies: Aaron Nola (R)

Projected Lineups

Atlanta Braves vs. Nola (R) Position
Ronald Acuna Jr. RF
Ozzie Albies 2B
Freddie Freeman 1B
Marcell Ozuna LF
Travis d’Arnaud C
Dansby Swanson SS
Austin Riley 3B
Cristian Pache CF
Max Fried P

Key Players Projected In: Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna Jr.

Key Players Projected Out: None

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Fried (L) Position
Andrew McCutchen LF
Rhys Hoskins 1B
Bryce Harper RF
J.T. Realmuto C
Alec Bohm 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Jean Segura 2B
Adam Haseley CF
Aaron Nola P

Key Players Projected In: Aaron Nola, Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Rhys Hoskins

Key Players Projected Out: None

St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds, 4:10 p.m. ET

Probable Starting Pitchers

  • Cardinals: Jack Flaherty (R)
  • Reds: Luis Castillo (R)

Projected Lineups

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Castillo (R) Position
Tommy Edman 2B
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Nolan Arenado 3B
Paul DeJong SS
Tyler O’Neill LF
Yadier Molina C
Dylan Carlson CF
Justin Williams RF
Jack Flaherty P

Key Players Projected In: Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt

Key Players Projected Out: None

Cincinnati Reds vs. Flaherty (R) Position
Jesse Winker LF
Nick Castellanos RF
Joey Votto 1B
Eugenio Suarez SS
Mike Moustakas 3B
Nick Senzel CF
Jonathan India 2B
Tucker Barnhart C
Luis Castillo P

Key Players Projected In: Eugenio Suarez, Mike Moustakas, Nick Castellanos

Key Players Projected Out: None

Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres, 4:10 p.m. ET

Probable Starting Pitchers

  • Diamondbacks: Madison Bumgarner (L)
  • Padres: Yu Darvish (R)

Projected Lineups

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Darvish (R) Position
Josh Rojas SS
Ketel Marte CF
Christian Walker 1B
David Peralta LF
Asdrubal Cabrera 3B
Eduardo Escobar 2B
Pavin Smith RF
Stephen Vogt C
Madison Bumgarner P

Key Players Projected In: David Peralta, Ketel Marte, Madison Bumgarner

Key Players Projected Out: None

San Diego Padres vs. Bumgarner (L) Position
Tommy Pham CF
Fernando Tatis Jr. SS
Manny Machado 3B
Eric Hosmer 1B
Wil Myers RF
Jake Cronenworth 2B
Jurickson Profar LF
Victor Caratini C
Yu Darvish P

Key Players Projected In: Eric Hosmer, Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Tommy Pham

Key Players Projected Out: None

Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies, 4:10 p.m. ET

Probable Starting Pitchers

  • Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw (L)
  • Rockies: German Marquez (R)

Projected Lineups

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Marquez (R) Position
Mookie Betts RF
Corey Seager SS
Justin Turner 3B
Cody Bellinger CF
Max Muncy 1B
Chris Taylor LF
Gavin Lux 2B
Austin Barnes C
Clayton Kershaw P

Key Players Projected In: Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Max Muncy, Mookie Betts

Key Players Projected Out: None

Colorado Rockies vs. Kershaw (L) Position
Raimel Tapia LF
Josh Fuentes 3B
Trevor Story SS
Charlie Blackmon RF
C.J. Cron 1B
Elias Diaz C
Chris Owings 2B
Garrett Hampson CF
German Marquez P

Key Players Projected In: Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story

Key Players Projected Out: None

Tampa Bay Rays at Miami Marlins, 4:10 p.m. ET

Probable Starting Pitchers

  • Rays: Tyler Glasnow (R)
  • Marlins: Sandy Alcantara (R)

Projected Lineups

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Alcantara (R) Position
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo 1B
Austin Meadows LF
Randy Arozarena RF
Brandon Lowe 2B
Yandy Diaz 3B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Willy Adames SS
Mike Zunino C
Tyler Glasnow P

Key Players Projected In: Austin Meadows

Key Players Projected Out: None

Miami Marlins vs. Glasnow (R) Position
Corey Dickerson LF
Starling Marte CF
Jesus Aguilar 1B
Adam Duvall RF
Brian Anderson 3B
Jazz Chisholm 2B
Jorge Alfaro C
Miguel Rojas SS
Sandy Alcantara P

Key Players Projected In: Starling Marte

Key Players Projected Out: None

Texas Rangers at Kansas City Royals, 4:10 p.m. ET

Probable Starting Pitchers

  • Rangers: Kyle Gibson (R)
  • Royals: Brad Keller (R)

Projected Lineups

Texas Rangers vs. Keller (R) Position
Isiah Kiner-Falefa SS
David Dahl LF
Joey Gallo RF
Nick Solak 2B
Nate Lowe 1B
Brock Holt 3B
Eli White DH
Leody Taveras CF
Jose Trevino C

Key Players Projected In: Joey Gallo

Key Players Projected Out: None

Kansas City Royals vs. Gibson (R) Position
Whit Merrifield 2B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Carlos Santana 1B
Salvador Perez C
Jorge Soler DH
Hunter Dozier 3B
Kyle Isbel RF
Michael A. Taylor CF
Nicky Lopez SS

Key Players Projected In: Andrew Benintendi, Jorge Soler, Salvador Perez, Whit Merrifield

Key Players Projected Out: None

New York Mets at Washington Nationals, PPD

Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET

Probable Starting Pitchers

  • White Sox: Lucas Giolito (R)
  • Angels: Dylan Bundy (R)

Projected Lineups

Chicago White Sox vs. Bundy (R) Position
Tim Anderson SS
Adam Eaton RF
Jose Abreu 1B
Yoan Moncada 3B
Yasmani Grandal C
Leury Garcia LF
Luis Robert CF
Zack Collins DH
Nick Madrigal 2B

Key Players Projected In: Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, Yasmani Grandal, Yoan Moncada

Key Players Projected Out: Eloy Jimenez

Los Angeles Angels vs. Giolito (R) Position
David Fletcher 2B
Shohei Ohtani DH
Mike Trout CF
Anthony Rendon 3B
Justin Upton LF
Albert Pujols 1B
Jose Iglesias SS
Max Stassi C
Dexter Fowler RF

Key Players Projected In: Anthony Rendon, Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani

Key Players Projected Out: None

Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics, 10:07 p.m. ET

Probable Starting Pitchers

  • Astros: Zack Greinke (R)
  • Athletics: Chris Bassitt (R)

Projected Lineups

Houston Astros vs. Bassitt (R) Position
Jose Altuve 2B
Michael Brantley LF
Alex Bregman 3B
Kyle Tucker RF
Carlos Correa SS
Yordan Alvarez 1B
Yuli Gurriel 1B
Myles Straw CF
Martin Maldonado C

Key Players Projected In: Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve

Key Players Projected Out: None

Oakland Athletics vs. Greinke (R) Position
Mark Canha LF
Ramon Laureano CF
Matt Olson 1B
Matt Chapman 3B
Mitch Moreland DH
Jed Lowrie 2B
Sean Murphy C
Chad Pinder RF
Elvis Andrus SS

Key Players Projected In: Matt Chapman, Matt Olson

Key Players Projected Out: None

San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET

Probable Starting Pitchers

  • Giants: Kevin Gausman (R)
  • Mariners: Marco Gonzales (L)

Projected Lineups

San Francisco Giants vs. Gonzales (L) Position
Austin Slater LF
Mike Yastrzemski RF
Donovan Solano 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Brandon Belt 1B
Wilmer Flores DH
Buster Posey C
Brandon Crawford SS
Mauricio Dubon CF

Key Players Projected In: None

Key Players Projected Out: None

Seattle Mariners vs. Gausman (R) Position
Mitch Haniger RF
Ty France DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Evan White 1B
Taylor Trammell CF
Dylan Moore 2B
Jake Fraley LF
Tom Murphy C
J.P. Crawford SS

Key Players Projected In: Mitch Haniger

Key Players Projected Out: None

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