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Red Sox DFA Blake Swihart, call up Sandy Leon and Erasmo Ramirez

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Red Sox DFA Blake Swihart, call up Sandy Leon and Erasmo Ramirez

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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Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Steven Wright's Red Sox career came to an end on Friday, and it'll be a while before the knuckleballer makes his return to the mound.

Shortly after being released by Boston, Wright revealed to WEEI's Rob Bradford he will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair the torn UCL in his right elbow.

"I'm fully committed to rehab and making a comeback," Wright told Bradford. "I feel better than I have ever and want to get back to a position I haven't been in since 2016, which is healthy. My sole focus is to get healthy and stay focused."

Wright made only six appearances for the Red Sox in 2019 as he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in January and served an 80-game suspension. The 35-year-old also served a 15-game suspension in 2018 for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

Wright posted a 24-16 record with a 3.86 ERA in 81 total appearances during his tenure in Boston.

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Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Fifteen years ago, the Boston Red Sox pulled off the impossible vs. the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series.

David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez took a trip down memory lane to relive the unforgettable moments in a nostalgia-filled video for FOX Sports. The two legends relive everything from A-Rod slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove to Curt Schilling's bloody sock.

A-Rod shared the video and wrote about his painful memories from the series on Twitter. Watch and read below:

Credit to Rodriguez for being a good sport (imagine reading that sentence 15 years ago?...)

The Yankees could find themselves ousted from another ALCS on Friday night when they take on the Astros in a do-or-die Game 5. They would have to win three straight games, including two on the road, to advance to the World Series.

The last team to do that? You guessed it. The '04 Red Sox.

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