|Darnell McDonald (right) was designated for assignment by the Red Sox to make room for returning starter, Josh Beckett. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
Mostly a career minor leaguer until making his way into the Sox outfield back in 2010, McDonald knows he was fortunate to remain on the roster most of last season and pretty much all of this season even though he has been mostly unproductive at the plate since over the last two seasons.
In 84 AB this season, he was hitting just .214 with 2 HR and 9 RBI but Brent Lillibridge was likely the deal-breaker for the Red Sox. Lillibridge's bat is weak as well as D-Mac's but he can play seven positions with a certain amount of capability, something McDonald could not do.
With Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury both on rehab assignments and likely to return soon after the All-Star break, McDonald won't be the only one being moved in the near future. There will be tough decisions to make with Daniel Nava, Cody Ross, Ryan Kalish, Scott Podsednik and eventually Ryan Sweeney in the mix. Boston now has 10 days to either release, trade or allow him to clear waivers.
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