ST. LOUIS -- With the return of Dioner Navarro, the Cubs decided they didn't need extra catcher J.C. Boscan and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa, instead adding outfielder Darnell McDonald from Triple-A.
To make room on the 40-man roster for McDonald, outfielder Thomas Neal was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. He suffered a dislocated right shoulder on Wednesday in Philadelphia.
McDonald arrived in time for batting practice Saturday at Busch Stadium. He has a career .246 batting average (175-for-711) with 38 doubles, five triples, 19 home runs and 78 RBIs in 306 big league games with Baltimore (2004), Minnesota ('07), Cincinnati ('09), Boston ('10-12) and the New York Yankees ('12).
The 34-year-old outfielder saw his most extensive Major League action with the Red Sox in 2010, when he batted .270 (86-for-319) with 18 doubles, nine homers and 34 RBIs in 117 games.
"Darnell's been swinging the bat really well lately," manager Dale Sveum said. "We'll give him a shot and see what happens."
Boscan, 33, was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday after Navarro injured his right ankle in a collision at home plate. Boscan did not appear in a game with the Cubs.
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