Yanks designate Darnell McDonald for assignment, activate CC Sabathia

Joba strikes out two in latest minor league rehab appearance
Yankees monitoring bullpen market

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.

Joba strikes out two in latest minor league rehab appearance
Yankees monitoring bullpen market
  • jjyank

    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.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    What a waste of perfectly nasty looking dreads.

  • Nathan

    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?

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Darnell, we hardly knew ye.

  • RetroRob

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

    • vin


  • DERP

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

  • yooboo


  • handtius

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

    • Mike HC


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

      • forensic

        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

          Bad facial hair can be entertaining too.

          Definitely see your side of it too though.

        • Judge Smayles

          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.

  • Rey22

    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.

  • Eddard

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

  • Rich in NJ

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

  • BK2ATL

    Sorry, but I had to laugh.

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

    • JonS

      He didn’t sign. He was claimed off waivers.

    • Rainbow Connection (futurely Dummies Playing w/ Balls and/or RI$P FTW)

      you act like he was a free agent and had a choice

    • Slugger27


      its not like he was a free agent, he didnt have a say in the matter.

  • forensic

    That was really worth the paperwork…

    • forensic

      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.

  • JB

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

  • JB

    went to Jeter and he decided the cut was necessary.

    • Yankee Fan 1

      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.

  • BK2ATL

    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….

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

  • Brian S.

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

    • your mom

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

    • Pasta Diving Sojo


    • Steve (different one)

      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.

  • dc1874

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

    • Mike HC

      That would probably be illegal too under the Yanks unwritten policy.

  • Chris

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