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Red Sox to designate Marlon Byrd for assignment

Jun 9, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

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Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox will designate outfielder Marlon Byrd for assignment in order to clear a roster spot for right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will make his first major league start since Tommy John surgery this afternoon against the Nationals. Byrd was informed of the decision following last night’s game.

Byrd was acquired from the Cubs for Michael Bowden and Hunter Cervenka after Jacoby Ellsbury went down with a subluxed right shoulder in April. The 34-year-old began his Red Sox tenure with a six-game hitting streak, but his production tailed off from there and his playing time has suffered recently due to the emergence of Daniel Nava and Scott Podsednik and the return of Darnell McDonald.

Byrd batted .270/.286/.320 with one homer, two doubles and a .606 OPS over 105 plate appearances with Boston and is hitting just .210/.243/.245 overall this season. The Cubs are still on the hook for all but $400,000 of his $6.5 million salary for 2012.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    “Red Sox to designate Marlon Byrd for assignment” is that the same as saying this guy stinks and we don’t want him anymore?

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      Basically.

      Another brilliant tactical move on the part of the Red Sox front office. Because, y’know, what the Sox REALLY needed was an over-the-hell outfielder to turn things around.

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        “hill”…edit function!!

      • uyf1950 - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM

        So it’s your contention that “Walkazaka” and his gyroball are a better option for them then an over-the-hill outfielder. To escape the depths of the AL East cellar.

  2. prosourcetalk - Jun 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    They could have used Bowden a lot more than Byrd

    • jwbiii - Jun 9, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      Bowden cleared waivers earlier this week. They could have had him if they wanted him.

  3. stairwayto7 - Jun 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    From on overrated team to another!

  4. pisano - Jun 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Does this really make any difference?

  5. bla bla bla - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    “Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox will designate outfielder Marlon Byrd for assignment in order to clear a roster spot for right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will make his first major league start since Tommy John surgery this afternoon against the Nationals.”

    He had TJ surgery this afternoon and he’s still going to pitch? Wow.

  6. 24missed - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    I’m feeling a bit bummed out for the guy and the team.

    They get a guy that is positive, has made some good plays and roots for his teammates.

    It has been pretty refreshing to have a veteran with an attitude like his on the Sox.

    • istillbelieveinblue - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:44 AM

      He was beloved in the Cub clubhouse. He was a real good influence on some of the younger players. I understand why the Cubs moved him, but you can still see “Byrd is the word” shirts around Wrigley.

      • 24missed - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:17 PM

        I’d buy one of those shirts. Some guys are here for a moment, but really make more of a difference than those that are here for years. Byrd is a guy we were blessed to have wear our uni.

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