On Monday, Jason Donald scored a run against the Durham Bulls. Mere hours and 830 miles later, he crossed the plate with a run against the Bulls’ parent club, the Tampa Bay Rays.
The former University of Arizona shortstop made his Major League debut on Tuesday after getting the midnight call that every Triple-A player dreams about.
Donald, 25, got the start at shortstop for the Cleveland Indians after the Tribe placed Asdrubal Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured arm.
The Clovis, Calif., native — who was hitting .277 as second baseman for the Columbus Clippers — didn’t waste the opportunity, reaching base in his first three at-bats.
After singling in his first plate appearance, he added another single, a walk and scored a run.
Unfortunately, Cleveland lost the afternoon game, 6-2.
The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Donald 97th overall in the 2006 amateur draft out of Arizona, where he hit .377 in his final year as a Wildcat.
He joined Cleveland last summer as part of the deal that sent former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee from the Tribe to the Phils.
At Columbus, Donald was teammates with former Canyon Del Oro High School and University of Arizona standout Shelley Duncan.