BOSTON The Red Sox disabled list got a little more crowded Sunday morning as Darnell McDonald was placed on the 15-day DL with a right oblique injury.
First baseman Mauro Gomez was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take McDonalds place on the roster.
Jacoby Ellsbury was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room on Red Sox 40-man roster.
Gomez, along with outfielder Jason Repko, was in the Sox clubhouse early Sunday morning, causing speculation that a roster move may be pending involving David Ortiz, who left Fridays game with a sore left heel.
Before the official move was announced, manager Bobby Valentine put that speculation to rest.
Mauros here in case we need to make a roster move, Valentine said. And were waiting on some doctor report to figure out if were going to make a move or not. And thats not with David Ortiz.
Ortiz confirmed his heel was fine.
Repko has been on the DL retroactive to April 21 with shoulder and knee injuries.
Jason Repko's here to have his knee and shoulder looked at to make sure that hes ready to resume play, Valentine said. His shoulder feels real good, his knees getting close.
The roster move was announced after Valentine met with reporters Sunday morning.
McDonald pinch-hit in the seventh inning Friday night for Ortiz and did not play in Saturdays game.
The Red Sox on Tuesday named Eddie Romero senior vice president and assistant general manager. In a press release announcing the move, the team stated it will not fill the position of general manager for the time being.
Romero’s promotion comes following the departure of general manager Mike Hazen, who left this month to become Arizona’ GM. Hazel brought Amiel Sawdaye, who had served as Boston’s vice president of international and amateur scouting, with him to the Diamondbacks, with Sawdaye serving as an assistant GM for Arizona.
The 37-year-old Romero is the son of former Red Sox infielder Ed Romero Rr. Romero served last season as Boston’s vice president of international scouting, overseeing amateur scouting in Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe.
Romero is in his 11th season with the Red Sox, having previously worked in international and professional scouting for the team and becoming Boston’s director of international scouting in 2012.
The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.
Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.
The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".
The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.