The Yankees have claimed former Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald off waivers and will designate the recently claimed Chris Schwinden for assignment to make room for him on the 40-man roster, according to Marc Carig and Mark Feinsand.
McDonald is expected to join the Yankees on Friday against the Red Sox in Boston. The Yankees aren’t likely to announce who he will knock off the active roster until Friday. Dewayne Wise seems like the most obvious choice to go with Jayson Nix and D.J. Mitchell as two other possibilities.
It would be a shame to see Wise go though. In 13 games since May 22nd, he has hit .393/.414/.821 and credits Kevin Long with helping him improve his stance at the plate. He has also provided the Yankees with strong defense at all three outfield positions.
McDonald can also play all three outfield spots. He was designated for assignment by the Sox after hitting .214/.309/.369 in 99 plate appearances this season. His his career he hits .248/.313/.396 which is good for a 88 OPS+.