Josh Donaldson made his spring debut at third base after dealing with a sore throwing shoulder, but it was not enough as the Toronto Blue Jays lost 5-1 to the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.
Donaldson was 1-for-1 with a walk in two plate appearances before being pulled in the fourth inning.
Right-hander Joe Biagini, who had been making a strong case to slot in as the fifth starter for the Blue Jays (3-8) when the regular season begins on March 29, was roughed up by the Braves (6-6).
Biagini gave up three runs on four hits, including a two-run home run to Braves' third baseman Rio Ruiz, in 3.1 innings pitched. However, the righty did strike out five batters on the afternoon.
Teoscar Hernandez was the lone bright spot offensively for the Blue Jays. Getting the start in left field for the Jays, Hernandez went one-for-two with a home run.
The Blue Jays got some good news on the injury front as prior to Tuesday's game manager John Gibbons informed reporters that Marcus Stroman (shoulder inflammation) will start throwing again "in a few days". Team doctors are convinced that this should be the last of the shoulder setbacks for the 26-year-old.
Toronto will take on the Detroit Tigers tomorrow.