Red Sox Designate Darnell McDonald For Assignment

Darnell McDonald #54 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammate Carl Crawford #13 after McDonald hit a solo home run in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 12, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Red Sox have designated Darnell McDonald for assignment, freeing up space on the 25-man roster for Josh Beckett, who is set to make his return to the mound tonight against the Mariners.

The decision was presumably down to McDonald and Lillibridge to take the hit, with Lillibridge likely surviving the cut due to his ability to play in the infield as well as the outfield.

While it's been a fun ride with Darnell McDonald for the Red Sox (or should that be the other way around), the likable outfielder simply didn't have the numbers this year to justify keeping him on the roster. Even against lefties, typically his specialty, McDonald has only been able to hit .214/.327/.357. Now, with a 6-man rotation and a "versatile" substitute, there was simply no room left.

By designating McDonald for assignment, the Sox have also cleared a 40-man space, which should come in handy as they start to bring players back from the 60-day disabled list.

We'll see if McDonald is able to clear waivers, but it seems unlikely given the way he's played over the last couple of years and the number of teams playing some truly awful outfielders.

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