Blue Jays trade 3B Josh Donaldson to Indians

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was traded to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later on Friday night.

The 2015 American League MVP has battled shoulder and calf injuries this season and has not played for Toronto since May 28. In 36 games, he batted .234 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.

On Thursday, Donaldson homered in his first at-bat in the second game of his rehabilitation assignment for Class A Dunedin. He finished the night 1-for-3 after going 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI on Tuesday.

The Indians, who lead the AL Central by 14 games, begin a four-game series in Toronto on Thursday.

A three-time All-Star, Donaldson shut down contract talks with the Blue Jays in February, saying the sides did not see “eye to eye” on a long-term deal. He is set to become a free agent in the offseason.

Donaldson is the third former MVP to be traded within the past nine months and the second to be traded Friday, following Andrew McCutchen‘s move to the

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