Yankees Claim Darnell McDonald; Option Schwinden

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: Darnell McDonald #54 of the Boston Red Sox rounds the bases after he hits a a solo home run in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 12, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees have claimed outfielder Darnell McDonald off of waivers from the Boston Red Sox, reports David Waldstein of the New York Times.

The Yankees claimed Darnell McDonald off waivers from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday to provide outfield help... [He] is expected to join the team Friday when the Yankees travel to Fenway Park to play his old team.

McDonald, who was designated for assignment by Boston on Saturday, is hitting just .214/.309/.369 in 38 games this season. Operating as a fourth and fifth outfielder for the Red Sox the last three seasons, the 33-year-old McDonald has hit .252/.323/.413 with 17 home runs.

To make room on their 40-man roster for McDonald, the Yankees have designated relief pitcher Chris Schwinden for assignment. The 25-year-old right-hander, who was claimed off waivers by the Yankees just last week, has a 12.46 ERA in a very small sample of 8 2/3 innings for the Mets this season.

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Will Darnell McDonald be a quality fourth OFer for the Yankees?

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