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Change of plans: McDonald is back

The Red Sox just announced that RHP Scott Atchison was designated for assignment and that OF Darnell McDonald remains on the team.

Jacoby Ellsbury has what is being called “soreness” on his left side. It’s unclear why Atchison wasn’t optioned. We’ll try and find out.

UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: It’s just a paperwork move. Atchison will apparently be officially optioned in a few days once he clears procedural waivers. He will remain in the organization.

What we need to find out after the game is the story on Ellsbury, who said in the clubhouse how great he felt. As always, it’s never wise to fully believe what teams or players say about injuries.

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