The Red Sox have designated Darnell McDonald for assignment, in order to free up space on the roster for Josh Beckett. Beckett is starting tonight’s game.
Darnell McDonald joined the Red Sox in 2010 and was added to the major league roster after Jacoby Ellsbury was injured by Adrian Beltre. In his first game as a Red Sox, he hit a game tying home run in the bottom of the 8th inning against the Texas Rangers, then hit a walk off single in the bottom of the 9th to give the Red Sox a 7-6 victory. It was a moment Red Sox fans won’t soon forget.
McDonald hit .270/.336/.429 in his first year as a Red Sox, while collecting 9 home runs, 18 doubles, and 3 triples in 117 games. In 2011, he hit .236/.303/.401 with 6 home runs, 6 doubles, and a triple in 79 games. And so far this year, he’s hit .214/.309/.369 with 2 home runs and 7 doubles in 38 games.
And while his numbers are far from eye popping, in 2010 and 2011 he hammered lefties, and served as a solid 4/5th outfielder for the Red Sox. He’s a true professional, and he’ll be missed by Red Sox Nation.
Dream come true to play in Boston want to wish my boys good luck the rest of the year! Much love to RSN! #ShowGoesOn
— Darnell McDonald (@MacDime54) June 30, 2012