BOSTON -- Darnell McDonald, on the disabled list retroactive to May 12 with a right oblique strain, is expected to start a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Pawtucket today.
Manager Bobby Valentine said McDonald is expected to play five innings tonight and have Saturday off.
The PawSox host Toledo Friday night for the second game of an eight-game homestand.
Ryan Sweeney, on the 7-day concussion DL, is moving around nicely, Valentine said.
He doesnt have much stiffness in his neck, but I dont know what the update is on the MLB test that he has to pass before he resumes baseball activities.
Cody Ross was in the clubhouse before Fridays game with a boot on his left foot after suffering a navicular bone fracture when fouled a ball off the foot on May 18.
He came into the office today and said his foot feels great and in his mind it shouldnt be much more than the disabled list that hes on, Valentine said. Its all about pain. Hes got to be true. What I said to him: Be true to yourself, be true to us. If you dont feel anything, hey lets go play. If you feel something, give it more time. Theres no other way of doing it. And as general manager Ben Cherington said, if the follow-up MRI comes and shows some healing, then well know that just a little more time will be all the healing.
The day after clinching the A.L. East title despite a loss, the Red Sox send out a semi-makeshift lineup Thursday night as they look to avoid a three-game sweep by the Yankees in the Bronx.
Reserve third baseman Aaron Hill is leading off, Dustin Pedroia gets the night off, Deven Marrero starts at second base, and David Ortiz is, somewhat surprisingly, back in there at DH against left-hander C.C. Sabbathia (8-12, 4.02 ERA).
Left-hander Henry Owens (0-1, 7.79) gets the start for the Red Sox in place of Drew Pomeranz, who is bothered by tightness in his left forearm and will work out of the bullpen, if at all, for the final four games of the regular season.
Aaron Hill 3B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Chris Young RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Ryan Hanigan C
Travis Shaw 1B
Deven Marrero 2B
Henry Owens LHP
Brett Gardner LF
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Gary Sanchez DH
Starlin Castro 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Chase Headley 3B
Brian McCann C
Aaron Hicks RF
Tyler Austin 1B
C.C. Sabathia LHP
One of the biggest gifts David Ortiz could get this weekend as he plays his final regular-season games is a well-traveled area right outside Fenway Park.
Massachusetts lawmakers have taken steps to name the Brookline Avenue bridge that spans the Mass Pike between Newbury and Lansdowne streets near the ballpark the “David Ortiz (‘Big Papi’) Bridge.
The House Ways and Means committee included the proposal as part of a spending bill that the full House could vote on as soon as Thursday and, if approved, send on to the Senate.
“David Ortiz’s accomplishments and heroics on and off the baseball field have made him a living legend, and his heartfelt contributions to the communities here and in his native Dominican Republic have made him an icon,” said Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker. “As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I am thrilled to be able to help our Commonwealth create a lasting ‘Thank You’ to Big Papi through the renaming of this bridge.”
The proposal calls for a “suitable marker” to be placed on the bridge bearing the new name.
“I’m so excited to be part of this process of giving David Ortiz, one of the greatest Red Sox of all time, his proper due by naming a bridge in his honor,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. “David has not only been an extraordinary baseball player, he has been an exemplary and inspirational member of our community, most notably after the Boston Marathon bombings. As a fan, I will miss his stride up to the plate followed by a clutch hit and the ballpark exploding into applause.”