McDonald (oblique) continues rehab with Pawtucket

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McDonald (oblique) continues rehab with Pawtucket

BOSTON Outfielder Darnell McDonald is scheduled to continue he rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket as the PawSox host Norfolk later Monday afternoon.

McDonald, on the disabled list with a right oblique strain, has appeared in two games so far Friday and Sunday with a scheduled off day on Saturday. He is 0-for-5 with an RBI.

Darnell did well, said manager Bobby Valentine. He played seven innings on Sunday, hes going for nine today. Hes moving well in the outfield, not limited at all by the side injury and all he needs is at-bats now.

McDonald could be activated as early as Tuesday.

Carl Crawford on the 60-day disable list after off-season wrist surgery is progressing. He has been taking swings with a bat at a ball on a tee.

Carls up to progressing from 40 to 50 swings today, Valentine said. No ill effects from tee batting of yesterday and the day before.

Outfielder Jason Repko, on the DL with shoulder and knee ailments, has been with the Sox for the homestand.

Shoulders fully healed, Valentine said. His knee that was aggravated a little with a slide into second base and is in a managing stage. Hes wearing a brace and getting used to the brace so hes close to be ready for activation. Hell be playing in games.

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.