McDonald placed on DL; Reddick recalled

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McDonald placed on DL; Reddick recalled

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

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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Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

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Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”