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

ligament, the

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

OBS.

Sox notes

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.

The

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.

The

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.