ARLINGTON -- John McDonald was back with the Blue Jays on Monday at Rangers Ballpark, but manager Cito Gaston said he would only use the veteran infielder in an emergency situation on Opening Day against the Rangers. McDonald has been fighting flu-like symptoms for a few days.
"[We'll use him] only if we really, really need him," Gaston said. "He's the last guy on the bench today. He looks OK, but he's a little weak."
McDonald spent Friday and Saturday back home in Connecticut to be with his ailing father, and rejoined the Blue Jays on Sunday in Arlington. McDonald was told to stay back at the team's hotel rather than attend Sunday's workout. McDonald said he was feeling better on Monday.