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Getting healthier in the outfield

The injury-ravaged outfield of the Red Sox could get a reinforcement as early as Monday, assuming Ryan Sweeney comes off the disabled list the first day he is eligible. Sweeney suffered a mild concussion last week.

“Hit, run, throw, field — all baseball activities to get ready to see if he’s going to be activated for tomorrow,” manager Bobby Valentine said of Sweeney’s Sunday morning activites. “He’s doing it as we speak.”

Sweeney was idled for a few days as he let the concussion symptoms subside.

“It’s just getting that baseball feeling back now,” Sweeney said.

Darnell McDonald will likely come back on Tuesday as he is over the nagging oblique injury that kept him sidelined. McDonald will play at Pawtucket Sunday and Monday. He opened his rehab there Friday and took a day off on Saturday.

Darnell still earning keep

It was the night of May 24, and the Red Sox had just completed a 6-1 victory over the Rays. It wasn’t the type of occasion manager Terry Francona felt like giving bad news to one of his players, but that’s what he did. Darnell McDonald was told that the club planned on designating him for assignment the next day. A roster spot was needed so that Mike Cameron could be activated

So McDonald got himself an evening flight back to Boston on May 25, and spent the day relaxing at the luxurious team hotel in St. Petersburg, wondering which team he would wind up with next. But during batting practice that night, Jacoby Ellsbury’s ribs went bad on him again. The Red Sox, savvy enough not to have made an official roster move yet regarding McDonald, frantically called him to make sure he was still in town.

A sleepy McDonald — whose eyes closed during a hotel room viewing of the Book of Eli by Denzel Washington — answered. “Can you get here in time to be available tonight?” was the basic message delivered by Francona. There it was, McDonald was back in business. And he has been on the roster ever since, getting key hits, and in Friday night’s game at the very site he was told earlier this year his services were no longer needed — making a perfect throw to the plate to cut down the tying run.

Cameron is out for year and Ellsbury probably is too. McDonald? He has been a key performer for the Red Sox in August, hitting .353 with two homers, five RBis, a .421 on-base percentage and a .735 slugging percentage in 34 at-bats.

Tonight against tough righty Matt Garza, McDonald will not be in the lineup. Instead, the Sox will go with Nava-Kalish-Drew.

J.D. busts out

Quite a night last night at Fenway from start to finish. It had it all. Tonight? Mike Lowell put one over the Monster, J.D. Drew busted out of his slump with a grand slam and Darnell McDonald added to his instant cult hero status by going deep again. Meanwhile, two slumping players — David Ortiz and Victor Martinez — are on the bench.

Drew had one homer and two RBIs coming into tonight’s game. He couldn’t have picked a better time to break out, as Josh Beckett had dug the Sox a 4-1 hole after two innings.

Before the game, Drew’s slump was a topic of conversation with manager Terry Francona in the media briefing.

What had been bothering J.D.?

“Kind of like David,” Francona said. “He’s got his body out ahead of him. J.D’s got some of the best hitters hands you ever see but when their hands come forward, there’s not a lot left to do anything with the ball. It’s easy to say, ‘hey, drive the ball the other way.’ Sometimes you get in a rut where you don’t feel you can do that. That’s because sometimes your body is out ahead of everything.”

This time, J.D. waited for his pitch, got it and was rounding the bases with his fifth career grand slam.

Opening Day lineups set (in a way)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — OK, so it’s not really Opening Day, per se, but it is the first game of the 2010 season (never mind the fact that it doesn’t count, and it’s a doubleheader against two college programs). Anyway, the Red Sox finalized the lineup for that Wednesday exhibition-opening doubleheader at City of Palms Park. Victor Martinez will bat third in the opener, and captain Jason Varitek will make his spring debut in the nightcap.

Here it is …
Against Northeastern (1:05 p.m. ET)
Jacoby Ellsbury, LF
Bill Hall, 3B
Victor Martinez, C
David Ortiz, DH
Jed Lowrie, SS
Lars Anderson, 1B
Darnell McDonald, RF
Che-Hsuan Lin, CF
Gil Velazquez, 2B
SP: Casey Kelly
Against Boston College (6:05 p.m.)
Marco Scutaro, SS
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Jason Varitek, C
Jeremy Hermida, LF
Tug Hulett, DH
Josh Reddick, CF
Ryan Kalish, CF
SP: Boof Bonser
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— Alden Gonzalez