Donaldson back in lineup after two days' rest

Donaldson back in lineup after two days' rest

OAKLAND -- Josh Donaldson was batting fifth and playing third base against the Blue Jays on Friday after missing the previous two games due to back stiffness.

Manager Bob Melvin said Donaldson felt good after taking batting practice in the cage Friday morning.

"I just wanted to talk to him before and see how he feels this morning," said Melvin. "There's no issues."

Donaldson has started all but five of Oakland's 86 games this season, and while Melvin is certainly happy to have his slugger healthy, he thought Donaldson could benefit from some rest before the All-Star break, anyway.

"We have quite a few guys that have been out there a little bit more than I'm comfortable with," Melvin said. "It's nice to be able to give some guys some days off, especially with the [upcoming] stretch."

Donaldson has 18 home runs and 61 RBIs, putting him on pace to shatter his 2013 totals of 24 homers and 93 RBIs.

Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.