McDonald to DL; 1B Gomez called up

BOSTON -- The Red Sox placed outfielder Darnell McDonald on the disabled list on Sunday with a right oblique strain and recalled first baseman Mauro Gomez from Pawtucket.

Gomez, 28, is in his 10th pro season. This is his first call-up to the big leagues. He’s hitting .294 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs for the PawSox this season. He signed with the Red Sox as a minor league free agent in February.

McDonald said after Sunday’s 12-1 win that the injury is something he’s been battling for a few weeks and it did not occur during his recent pitching performance.

“My whole body was sore after that,” McDonald said with a laugh. “It wasn’t one particular thing because it’s been going on for a while. I’ve been treating it but it hasn’t gotten 100 percent, so they want me to rest and get it right.”

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox transferred outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the 60-day DL.

Speaking of Ellsbury, he continues to rehab from a separated shoulder he suffered on April 14. “He’s progressing exactly the way the training room wants him to progress,” Valentine said. “He’s feeling good and getting stronger, working out.”

* Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis (back strain) was able to hit, throw and take ground balls on Sunday. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday. Valentine said on Saturday that he wasn't sure whether Youkilis would need a few minor league games before being activated.

“He’s progressing nicely,” Valentine said.

* Red Sox minor league outfielder Jason Repko was in the clubhouse Sunday morning at Fenway to have his knee and shoulder looked at by the team’s medical staff. He began the season at Triple-A Pawtucket and was called up to Boston on April 15. He was placed on the DL with a left shoulder strain on April 23 (retro to April 21). According to Valentine, Repko’s shoulder is feeling good and his knee is getting close to where he’ll be able to resume playing.