Yanks designate Darnell McDonald for assignment, activate CC Sabathia


As expected, the Yankees have designated outfielder Darnell McDonald for assignment to clear room on the roster for CC Sabathia. Sabathia has been activated off the 15-day DL and will start tonight.

McDonald was claimed off waivers from the Red Sox a little less than two weeks ago with the idea that he might help against Boston’s left-handed starters in the series prior to the All-Star break. That didn’t work out — he made outs in all four plate appearances in pinstripes — and his time with the club will probably be best remembered for contributing to Curtis Granderson‘s dropped fly ball in last Saturday’s game. Anyway, welcome back CC.

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  1. jjyank says:

    Sorry you had to cut the dreas, Darnell. Best of luck to you, as long as you don’t sign with the Red Sox again.

  2. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    What a waste of perfectly nasty looking dreads.

  3. Nathan says:

    Thanks for nothing.

    Off topic, do these types of players (short time with club) do they get their signed baseballs placed into the Yankee museum baseball display?

  4. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Darnell, we hardly knew ye.

  5. RetroRob says:

    The Yankees: Cleaning up MLB one player at a time.

  6. DERP says:

    Hopefully he clears waivers and accepts an assignment to the minors.

  7. yooboo says:


  8. handtius says:

    Poor guy lost all his dreads for a week of work.

    • Mike HC says:


      but while we are on the topic, the no facial hair rule should be put to bed.

      • forensic says:

        I personally like having a team of players who actually look like professionals rather than a bunch of transients they just pulled off the nearest street corner.

        Obviously, not all facial hair is that bad, but when you don’t govern most athletes on this then the facial hair will be bad. There’s evidence all across professional sports.

        • Mike HC says:

          Bad facial hair can be entertaining too.

          Definitely see your side of it too though.

        • Judge Smayles says:

          Agree…the no facial hair rule sets the Yankees apart from every other team in professional sports. While some think its silly, I think it’s great. I’ve never heard of any player going to the Yanks complaining about it. Once they put the pinstripes on, they know what the deal is.

          I know the Sox purposely allow their players to look like homeless people to try to differentiate them from the Yanks and make them appear gritty. But they all look like a bunch of boogies.

          Manny always looked like a bum.

  9. Rey22 says:

    Ah well, I’m sure he’ll be happy to trade in the dreads for the World Series ring the Yankees are winning this year.

  10. Eddard says:

    What a shame. He was a good man and will be missed.

  11. Rich in NJ says:

    Not many players can say they played for both the Yankees and RS in recent years. So, he will always have that…

  12. BK2ATL says:

    Sorry, but I had to laugh.

    Not sure what he was thinking by signing with the Yankees. There was no future.

  13. forensic says:

    That was really worth the paperwork…

    • forensic says:

      Though i will say the basic goal of the move was right. It’s sad when a team is forced to start jayson nix everytime they face a lefty. If only Nunez could go more than a 3 inning rehab start without heaving a ball into the upperdeck.

  14. JB says:

    If I am not mistaken, Kay mentioned in one of the broadcasts in Boston, that this wen

  15. JB says:

    went to Jeter and he decided the cut was necessary.

    • Yankee Fan 1 says:

      Darnell said that texted a picture of his hair to Derek and said yay or nay? DJ suggested he cut it, said it was a new beginning. So no Derek did not force him to do it, and Darnell asked.

  16. BK2ATL says:

    Some of the posters here rag on Cashman’s GM prowess, but imagine if you were in KC and just DFA’d Jonathan Sanchez….

    Meanwhile, Melky’s in SF on a MVP-like tear. Oh how deals when deals don’t work out….

  17. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Such is the life of the fungible outfielder. Sorry we made you shower and shave. Your family will thank you for it later.

  18. Brian S. says:

    Kind of bullshit that we made him cut his hair for nothing. The Yankees’ policy on hair is asinine.

    • your mom says:

      It’s okay, he can always buy a dreadlock wig for the memories.

    • Pasta Diving Sojo says:


    • Steve (different one) says:

      He was on the roster for 13 days. If the season is about 180 days, he earned about $36K from the Yankees. If the yanks dont claim him, he’s prob going to AAA and earning minor league pay.

      I’d cut my hair for $36K.

  19. dc1874 says:

    Id shave every inch of hair for the money these guys make!!!!!

  20. Chris says:

    He does not deserve to have his autographed ball in the Museum.

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