Tuesday July 10, 2012 | 11:18 AM

Right-handed pitcher Mike MacDonald of Camden became the first Mainer to join the Portland Sea Dogs, when he was added to the roster last week.

But MacDonald, 30, won't be pitching at Hadlock Field soon. In his Sea Dogs debut Sunday in Trenton, MacDonald left in the first inning with a hamstring injury. On Tuesday, he was placed on the disabled list, which will keep him out of action for at least one week.

Meanwhile, a bunch of future Sea Dogs were showing off their talents for Salem on Monday.

Pitcher Brandon Workman, a 2010 second-round pick out of the University of Texas, went 6 shutout innings, allowing only 1 hit and 2 walks, striking out 9. He improved to 7-4 with a 2.94 ERA.

First baseman Travis Shaw (.314) hit his 13th home run ... Michael Almanzar (.296) hit his fifth home run, as did catcher Christian Vazquez (.263) ... Outfielder Brandon Jacobs (.290) added an RBI single.

Add pitcher Matt Barnes and shortstop Xander Bogaert's (who played in the MLB Futures Game Sunday in Kansas City) and good deal of prospects are headed to Portland by next year.

The Sea Dogs will return to Hadlock Thursday after the All-Star break. Portland may be already out of playoff contention in the Eastern League, but the 43-43 Red Sox are still in it.

And while we're talking about the Red Sox, will they be active in the trade market this month. Who could go. Shortstop Mike Aviles and back-up catcher Kelly Shoppach are contributing, but expendable. What Daniel Nava's future? See TODAY'S COLUMN.


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