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Sunday, April 29, 2012

D-Mac's Time With The Sox May Be Running Short

For the past two years the Red Sox have carried journeyman outfielder Darnell McDonald on their roster, usually with less than impressive results but his versatility and right handed bat have kept him with the big club instead of shuttling to and from Pawtucket.

D-Mac came on strong in 2010--when the Red Sox were ravaged by injuries--but has only shown glimpses of the production he provided down the stretch two years ago.

Bobby Valentine elected to carry McDonald after a scorching spring training but the backup outfielder has been far short of sensational thus far in the 2012 season. The opportunity was there but he was unable to pick up where he left off in Grapefruit League play, where he hit over .400 for the Sox.

The Red Sox' fourth outfielder had an encouraging night at the plate on Friday--2 for 4, 4RBI--but it may be too little, too late. The acquisition of Marlon Byrd from the Chicago Cubs may render D-Mac dispensable.

Since coming over to the American League, Byrd is hitting .308 in 26 AB with a .333 OBP and 1 RBI while McDonald has a .143 BA, .262 OBP, 1HR and 6RBI in 36 AB.

With Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford on the disabled list for extended periods of time, it's to be expected that McDonald will have ample time to turn things around and stay on the team as a backup but if he can't prove that he's more valuable than Marlon Byrd--also a right handed hitter--his time with the big club may be running out.

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