OAKLAND -- Jason Donald's first big league start in the Indians outfield went without a hitch. In fact, he even made one nice sliding catch in foul territory. "I felt like I've been able to make the adjustment from infield to outfield," Donald said on Saturday, a day after his first start in left field. "The biggest thing is just to react, instead of thinking so much about making sure I do this or that." Donald said center fielder Michael Brantley was a big help: "He'll make sure I'm aware of what I'm supposed to do. It's comforting having him out there. He directs traffic really well."
The Indians began working Donald in as an outfielder during his recent stint at Triple-A Columbus. He played left and center. Manager Manny Acta said he'd use Donald at either of those spots, but not right. The move is no doubt a sign that the Indians view Donald as a utility player more than an everyday player, but he said he's fine with whatever helps him stick in the Majors. "It really does open up more opportunities to be able to get in a game," he said. "It maximizes my value for what I can do for a ballclub. If it's something that helps us win games and if it's something that helps my career, I'm all for it."