Blake Swihart's career with the Boston Red Sox could be over.
The Sox designated him for assignment Tuesday, the team announced. He will need to pass through waivers before going to Triple-A Pawtucket. Given his age and offensive ability as a catcher/outfielder, it wouldn't be shocking if a team claimed him. Swihart has struggled of late for the Red Sox. He hasn't collected a single hit in the last seven games (0-for-14 overall). He's batting .231 (6-for-23) with one home run, four RBI and a .310 on-base percentage this season.
The Red Sox had only one catcher, Christian Vazquez, on the MLB roster with Swihart being DFA'd. Reinforcements are on the way, though, with Sandy Leon oficially making his way back to the Red Sox from Triple-A Pawtucket. Leon is well-liked by Red Sox pitchers and does a great job behind the plate, but his offensive production is not good. He's batting .120 for Pawtucket in 2019.
Right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez also is being called up from Triple-A to replace Marcus Walden.
The Sox open a two-game series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. Boston is tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for last place in the American League East.
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