BOSTON -- Marlon Byrd's days in a Red Sox uniform are about to come to an end.
With Daisuke Matsuzaka scheduled to be activated Saturday, the Red Sox must make a corresponding roster move, and after Friday night's game, Byrd was summoned to a meeting in Bobby Valentine's office with the manager and GM Ben Cherington. The club held off on making an official announcement, but Byrd is expected to be designated for assignment Saturday.
His departure will still leave the Red Sox with five outfielders, not including the five on the DL (Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Ryan Kalish, Cody Ross and Jason Repko). Ellsbury and Crawford both are throwing as of Friday, Kalish has been tearing it up on a rehab assignment in Pawtucket, and Ross's fractured foot is healing.
Byrd, who came to the Sox in a trade for minor league pitcher Michael Bowden, had a paltry OPS of .606 (on-base .286, slugging .320) and his outfield play was spottier than advertised. The return of Darnell McDonald from the DL and the emergence of Daniel Nava made him expendable.