Jacoby Ellsbury scratched, Darnell McDonald saved

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The Red Sox were planning to designate Darnell McDonald for assignment to make room for Mike Cameron on Tuesday, but Jacoby Ellsbury experienced pain in his left side earlier in the day and was held out of the starting lineup against the Rays, giving McDonald new life.
Cameron was activated from the DL as expected on Tuesday and was in the lineup as a center fielder and No. 9 hitter.
Ellsbury, though, is experiencing pain in the same general area as where he cracked four ribs last month. The Providence Journal thinks that the current problem is unrelated to the previous injury. But the Red Sox were concerned enough that they decided to keep McDonald and go to 11 pitchers by sending down Scott Atchison.
Ellsbury has gone 1-for-14 in three games since coming off the DL. With Ellsbury out of the lineup, Jeremy Hermida is playing left field tonight.

Phillies, Red Sox interested in Carlos Santana

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The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.

Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.

As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.