"Darnell is pretty close [to coming back], it looks like," manager Bobby Valentine said. "He wanted to stay and work in the trainer's room, with our trainers, to kind of get over that hump. He took batting practice, looked pretty good. He's pretty close."
Valentine said it's possible McDonald could play another game or two at Pawtucket before he comes back to the Red Sox, but it's not a necessity.
"Maybe he'll have a game or two if he feels he needs it," Valentine said.