2010 MLB PLAYOFFS;McDonald played through thumb injury
PHILADELPHIA – As if journeyman outfielder Darnell McDonald’s
performance wasn’t a pleasant enough surprise for the Red
Sox, consider this: He played most
of the season with a torn ligament in his right thumb.
McDonald had surgery Wednesday to repair his ulnar collateral
Sox disclosed in a statement. The
procedure was performed by Dr. Donald Sheridan in Phoenix.
”Surgery went very well, and I’ll be ready to go for spring
training,” McDonald said.
After spending 12 seasons in the minors, McDonald finally got
his chance in April after Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron were
injured. Despite nearly being designated for assignment in May, he
stuck around and got more at-bats (319) than any
Sox outfielder except J.D. Drew
(478). McDonald, who injured his thumb in April and was able to
play through it without alerting the
Sox medical staff, batted .270 with
nine home runs, 18 doubles, nine stolen bases, 34 RBI and a .765
Backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had a similar
procedure to McDonald’s last month, agreed to a one-year,
non-guaranteed contract, thereby avoiding salary arbitration. He
will make $750,000 in the majors, $250,000 in the minors.
Sox acquired Saltalamacchia in a
July 31 trade that sent three minor leaguers to Texas. He went
3-for-19 (.158) with three doubles, one RBI, two runs and six walks
in 10 games.
Sox believe he figures into their
catching picture for next season, although they still must decide
whether to re-sign free agents Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek. .
Manager Terry Francona underwent successful knee surgery
Wednesday and is doing well, according to a club spokesperson.
John Tomase contributed to this report.