John McDonald SS/3B LAA 9 Months

Angels purchased the contract of INF John McDonald from Triple-A Salt Lake.

McDonald, a non-roster invitee this spring, has won a spot on the Angels' roster as a utility infielder. The 39-year-old is a useful player to have around, but he offers zero fantasy value.

John McDonald SS/3B LAA 9 Months

John McDonald went 1-for-4 as the Angels fell to the Cubs 4-2 on Monday.

In the Angels' other split-squad game, Grant Green made a costly throwing error which contributed to Joe Smith blowing the save in the ninth inning. McDonald, Green's competition as the team's utility infielder, was reported as the favorite to win the job on Friday.

John McDonald SS/3B LAA 9 Months

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that John McDonald "appears to have a slight edge" over Grant Green and Andrew Romine for the Angels' utility infielder spot.

McDonald is obviously known for his defense, but he's also hitting .462 (6-for-13) this spring. "He's a magician with his hands," manager Mike Scioscia said of McDonald. "You always knew what he could do with his field sense. Now that you have him in the clubhouse and the dugout and in meetings, this guy has a special understanding of infield play. He's fun to be around."

John McDonald SS/3B LAA 11 Months

Angels signed INF John McDonald to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

McDonald batted just .116/.197/.174 in 77 plate appearances last season between the Pirates, Indians, Phillies and Red Sox. The 39-year-old will be battling for a utility infield job this spring in Angels camp.

John McDonald SS/3B LAA Jun 12 '79

Red Sox acquired SS John McDonald from the Phillies for RHP Nefi Ogando.

McDonald will serve as infield depth for the Red Sox. McDonald is batting .098 (6-for-61) this season.

John McDonald SS/3B LAA Apr 07 '79

Phillies acquired INF John McDonald from the Indians for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

McDonald was designated for assignment by Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon to clear a roster spot for Asdrubal Cabrera's triumphant return from the disabled list. The 38-year-old can play all around the infield but owns a weak .236/.274/.327 batting line in the majors.

John McDonald SS/3B LAA Apr 06 '79

Indians designated INF John McDonald for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Asdrubal Cabrera's return from the disabled list. McDonald, who was acquired from the Pirates earlier this month, went 0-for-7 in eight games with the club.

John McDonald SS/3B LAA Mar 21 '79

Indians acquired INF John McDonald from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

McDonald had been on the DL with a back injury, but he'll join the Indians' active roster. The slick-fielding infielder will provide depth at multiple positions.

John McDonald SS/3B LAA Feb 27 '79

John McDonald (back) is also dealing with a right elbow injury.

McDonald landed on the DL last week with a lower back strain, but his elbow has also been an issue. The infielder is eligible to return from the DL on May 30, but it's not clear if he'll be ready at that time.

John McDonald SS/3B LAA Feb 23 '79

Pirates placed INF John McDonald on the 15-day disabled list with lower back discomfort.

McDonald suffered the injury during Tuesday's game and will now get some extended rest. The 38-year-old has just two hits in 31 at-bats this season. Jordy Mercer has returned from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace him on the active roster.