Red Sox newcomer John McDonald is thrilled to to be coming home.
Residing in Scituate, Mass., McDonald arrived from Chicago before game time Sunday, where the Philadelphia Phillies were playing. The Red Sox acquired McDonald for righthander Nefi Ogando and cash Saturday. McDonald is likely to serve as Boston’s backup middle infielder for the playoffs.
“It’s a very comfortable situation to walk into,” McDonald said. “Obviously where we are in the standings, that's a good place to be. It’s where everyone wants to be, first place right now. So just try and contribute and do my part.”
McDonald said he hadn't been thinking about being dealt.
“No, not really, just coming to the ballpark, trying to prepare. When you’re out of a race I guess in the back of your mind you hope that you’ll get the opportunity to go somewhere to play in a pennant race, especially as you put more years in the game and you know you don’t have as many years left, everyone wants that opportunity to be part of a team that’s going into October,” he said.
As for coming home he said, “My daughter was very excited last night. She can’t wait for me to come home and hang out and then put her to bed tonight. Everyone’s pretty excited. But growing up in Connecticut they’re happy to have me back in New England, it’s just the Yankee fans, they’re on the other side of the fence. But growing up in New England, and getting to play in Fenway, and to put this uniform on today, it’s pretty awesome.”
In other news:
Both Shane Victorino and Jacoby Ellsbury were forced out of the game late, but both are expected to play Monday afternoon against the Tigers, according to manager John Farrell.
Victorino aggravated an old (left hip) contusion and assorted other injuries (hamstring/back) on a head-first slide in the seventh inning, while Ellsbury got jammed on a couple of pitches that left a lot of swelling near his left thumb.
Farrell said when Victorino aggravates the contusion on the leg “it’s affecting some of the other areas he’s been managing for a while. We fully expect him back in the lineup [Monday]. When he aggravates it begins to shut some things down on him and he feels. So we got him out of there.”
On Ellsbury, who stole his 51st base, “There were a couple of at-bats where he got jammed banging on the bone inside the thumb so we’re hopeful and expect him to be on the field tomorrow. Jacoby has a little swelling in that hand.”
Quintin Berry replaced Ellsbury for the ninth inning.
The Red Sox are a major league best 25-12 in days games…Craig Breslow allowed a solo homer to Tyler Flowers in the eighth. He hadn’t allowed a run in 16 consecutive appearances and 13 2/3 innings ... Stephen Drew hit his 11th homer. Only Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy has more by a shortstop in the American League.