“A little tendinitis symptoms,” McDonald said a day after leaving a spring start after throwing two pitches. “It felt a little sore warming up. Me being cautious I wanted to say something, didn’t want it to end up being something worse.”
McDonald has had a rough spring trying to rebound from his shoulder issues of a year ago. He’s given up eight runs in 5.2 innings while walking nine without a strikeout. He said he was feeling better Tuesday and is hopeful this isn’t big setback.
“Nowhere near the extent like it was last year,” he stated. “Last year, I had trouble lifting my arm.”
McDonald signed a 1-year, $1 million deal last month and was in competition for a roster spot. Between the injuries and struggles, he would be considered a long shot to make the team out of spring training right now.
His contract is non-guaranteed.