By Maureen Mullen
DETROIT Darnell McDonald was placed on the disabled list Thursday because of a quad injury, with outfielder Josh Reddick getting called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace him on the roster.
McDonalds left quad is bothering him, according to manager Terry Francona. J.D. Drew is also sidelined for a few days with a sore right hamstring.
Tuesday night we pinch-ran McDonald for David Ortiz, in the ninth inning, Francona said. We put him in Wednesday in left field for Carl Crawford in the sixth inning and it got a little bit worse. Its not real bad. Saying that, we dont have J.D. for today. Were a little short, so we put McDonald on the disabled list, get him back to where hes feeling real good, and get him down playing a few games . . . then make some decisions. But we were getting a little thin.
Reddick was in the starting lineup for Thursdays matinee against the Tigers, playing right field and batting eighth. He went 3-for-5 with three RBI in the 14-1 romp over Detroit.
Talking about Reddick, who has been a streaky hitter so far in his career, Francona said it can take time for young hitters to make adjustments, relating a story from his own time in the minors:
Thats why you hear so often with kids in the minor leagues: OK ,lets give them 1,500 at-bats, then well figure out where they are. Because just over time sometimes you get better at things. I remember when I was in the minor leagues facing Steve Bedrosian, and hed throw a slider, knowing I couldnt lay off it. Couldnt lay off it, thinking, Im in trouble.' Then a couple years later, laying off it, kind of laughing thinking, 'I many not hit it but I may not swing at it. The repetition really helps unless you cant do it. Then it just ingrains in you you cant do it and you go get a job.
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