Darnell McDonald Rehabs with PawSox

After straining his right oblique earlier this month, Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald joins the PawSox and tonight starts his rehab in Pawtucket.

Maybe most known this season for taking the mound – and the loss – in the Red Sox 17-inning affair with Baltimore on May 6, McDonald is batting .179 with two home runs and eight RBI in 26 games for the Sox this season.

A former 1st Round selection by the Orioles in 1997, McDonald hit soft toss on Tuesday, followed by batting practice Wednesday. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list as soon as Sunday.

When McDonald suffered the loss to Baltimore DH Chris Davis, it marked the first time two teams used position players to pitch in the same game since Oct. 4, 1925. Then, Hall of Famers George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns and Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers worked in the second game of a doubleheader on the final day of the season. (Steven Senne/AP)

Although no Red Sox or PawSox fan ever wants to see a Boston player placed on the disabled list, one bright spot surrounding McDonald’s injury was that it resulted in Pawtucket first baseman Mauro Gomez receiving his first career Major League call-up. Recently back with the PawSox, Gomez went 0-for-2 in two games with Boston.

The Red Sox outfield has been saddled by countless injuries this season. Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder), Carl Crawford (wrist/elbow), Cody Ross (foot), and Ryan Sweeney (concussion) are all currently on the mend. Don’t forget about fan-favorite Ryan Kalish who continues to work back from neck and shoulder surgeries as well.

The PawSox play Game 2 against Toledo tonight from McCoy where righty Justin Germano (4-3, 2.98) will be opposed by Mud Hens’ righty Jacob Turner (0-0, 4.76). First pitch is set for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

2 Comments

As a long time Red Sox fan from Winthrop Mass, I can assure you that the Red Sox have provided some of the most interesting stories of the sports world from the Curse of the Bambino to the destruction of the New York Yankees in the ALC Championship on their way to sweeping the St Louis Cardinals in the World series. However, last night in St Louis we had more drama than that. The Phillies came in and with the help of the home plate ump who would not call strikes at the kness for two innings, the Phillies went up 4 to zip. The Cardinals clawed their way back to a 6 to 4 deficit but the real excitement came in the 7th Inning strech when we got a completely ( not even shoes or sox) buck naked streaker. Stadium security and the St Louis Police finest flattened him ( and I mean flattened him) in the oufield, dressed him and hauled him off. The cameras flashed, the crowd roared but the players on the field were stunned. They didn’t know what to make of it. Comedy comes to MLB.

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