The move, which is retroactive to Tuesday, transfers Donaldson from the COVID-19 injured list to the regular injured list. Because the COVID-19 list does not count against the 40-man roster, the Yankees opened a roster spot by transferring Chad Green to the 60-day injured list.
Donaldson was sidelined by right shoulder inflammation while with Toronto from April 11 to May 3, 2018.
Donaldson admitted to calling Anderson "Jackie" -- a reference to Jackie Robinson, who broke MLB's color barrier in 1947 -- in the first inning during Saturday's game between the Yankees and White Sox. The former MVP apologized after the game, saying he meant no disrespect and that he was joking with Anderson, who is Black.
Donaldson reiterated those sentiments in his statement Thursday before apologizing to Jackie Robinson's wife, Rachel Robinson, and the Robinson family for using the barrier-breaking Hall of Famer's name in reference to Anderson.
Donaldson, who also was fined an undisclosed amount by MLB for the incident, is hitting .238 with five home runs and 15 RBIs this season.
New York already was missing designated hitter/outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (right calf strain), relievers Zack Britton (recovering from Tommy John surgery), Aroldis Chapman (left Achilles tendon) and Green (Tommy John surgery); pitchers Domingo German (right shoulder impingement), Jonathan Loaisiga (right shoulder inflammation) and Stephen Ridings (right shoulder impingement), catcher Ben Rortvedt (right oblique strain) and outfielder Tim Locastro (left latissimus dorsi strain).
Center fielder Aaron Hicks was out of the starting lineup Friday for the second straight day because of right hamstring tightness, and DJ LeMahieu was out of the starting lineup for the fifth consecutive game because of his left wrist, which had a cortisone shot.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.