Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
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Red Sox designate Blake Swihart for assignment, recall Sandy Léon

Red Sox designate Blake Swihart for assignment, recall Sandy Léon

In 12 games so far this season, Swihart is hitting.231 with two extra-base hits including a home run. That team just will not be the Red Sox, as he is not the answer to their starting pitching problem. Even worse, his presence behind the plate as catcher was believed to be a detriment for the pitching staff as Swihart was unable to connect with the pitchers in the same way that Leon and Vazquez had done. In 203 games with the Red Sox, he has slashed.255/.314/.365 with nine homers and 58 RBIs. With the injury bug hitting the team over the past week, Swihart would be a nice fill-in option as a regular until Guzman and Odor are ready to go again.

The Boston Red Sox are off to a poor start this season, as they entered Tuesday tied for last in the American League East with a 6-11 record. Reinforcements are on the way, though, with Sandy Leon oficially making his way back to the Red Sox from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Swihart likely won't clear waivers, so he is effectively gone, as pointed out by Red Sox beat reporter Evan Drellich, who was first to report the Swihart news Tuesday. Leon will provide a boost defensively and from a comfortability standpoint, but he is a detriment offensively. All the best to Blake Swihart.

As a result, the Red Sox designated Swihart for assignment yesterday and recalled Leon from the Triple A club he began the season with to return to big league duties.

Leon has been a favorite catcher among numerous Sox pitchers. He also scored 89 runs. Now, the pitchers need to show that was all they needed.

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