Darnell McDonald (oblique) has stayed with the Red Sox to work with the team trainers rather than resume his rehab assignment.
McDonald had been slated to play his fourth rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday, and it's still possible that he'll need another rehab game or two. Either way, he's close to being activated. "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."