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10:53 AM ET 06.09 | 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.

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June 9, 2012  10:55 AM ET

Who'da thunk Byrd wouldn't work out?

Oh yeah. Everyone.

June 9, 2012  11:11 AM ET

Go Dice Go!!!

June 9, 2012  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Who'da thunk Byrd wouldn't work out? Oh yeah. Everyone.

Byrd was never looked at as anything but a short term rental. He did what they needed him to do, hold down the position until the injured players returned. Ryan Kalish is ready down in AAA, so I would assume he would take over CF until Ellsbury returns.

June 9, 2012  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Go Dice Go!!!

I don't know why this made me laugh. ^

June 9, 2012  01:24 PM ET

Yeah

June 9, 2012  01:25 PM ET

if you can't hit, and can't drive runs, then hit the road there are better elements from the minors who could get the job done,,,,

June 9, 2012  02:16 PM ET

If you can't stay in the starting line-up on the Cubbies, you're probably washed up. Even then...

June 9, 2012  02:20 PM ET

The Sox did the Cubs a favor by taking Byrd. I think he will have a hard time finding a new team because he is just a average player.

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June 9, 2012  04:31 PM ET

Byrd was actually a very productive player when he joined the Cubs, up until he took a high-heater off his face. He was out for some time, and when he came back it was obvious to me what was happening here, he was gun-shy(check the stats non-believer). Bummer that it happened, he was a positive influence near as I could tell form my vantage, he had 'The Byrd's Nest' thing going on, people liked this guy. Too bad Marlon, as a Cubs fan, we hardly knew ye :[

June 9, 2012  05:42 PM ET

Let this be a lesson for any team considering Soriano.

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June 9, 2012  09:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Byrd was never looked at as anything but a short term rental. He did what they needed him to do, hold down the position until the injured players returned. Ryan Kalish is ready down in AAA, so I would assume he would take over CF until Ellsbury returns.

That says it all, very nicely.

June 9, 2012  10:29 PM ET

Can't figure out why the Red Sox still hang onto Darnell McDonald.

June 9, 2012  10:40 PM ET

Last place sox.... Right where they belong.

June 10, 2012  09:42 AM ET

Sad. McDonald a flawed .200 hitter. Sox better off bringing up a AA hitter than reactivating him.

 
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