Thumb surgery for Darnell McDonald

Darnell McDonald underwent surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament of his right thumb yesterday in Arizona, and is expected to be recovered in time for spring training. Dr. Donald Sheridan performed the procedure.

McDonald suffered the injury in April in Pawtucket, according to general manager Theo Epstein, but played with it all season. It was discovered during his exit physical at the end of the season.

Epstein said that the injury didn’t bother McDonald during the season, and the outfielder never brought it to the attention of the medical staff. Even with the injury, the unheralded outfielder spent virtually the entire season in the majors, hitting .270 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. He played in 117 games with the Sox.

The procedure was the same one that catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia underwent in September.


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