The Boston Red Sox will enter their weekend series with the Houston Astros without one of their everyday catchers.
The Red Sox placed catcher Sandy Leon on paternity leave Friday, selecting catcher Oscar Hernandez from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill Leon's spot on the depth chart.
Boston designated right-hander Chandler Shepherd for assignment to make room for Hernandez, who will wear No. 77 for the Sox.
Leon and his wife, Liliana, already have one son together and announced back in October that Liliana was pregnant with a second child.
The 30-year-old catcher was placed on waivers before the season but rejoined the Red Sox in mid-April after they parted ways with Blake Swihart. Leon has helped spark Boston's turnaround, as the Sox are 9-3 in games he catches this season.
Hernandez, a fellow Venezuela native, began the 2019 season in Double-A Portland and was batting .143 for Pawtucket entering Friday. He'll likely serve as an emergency backup for starter Christian Vazquez.
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