Thehave made a move behind the plate in hopes of fixing a struggling pitching staff.
Catcherwas designed for assignment Tuesday to make room for , who was promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket.
“We made a decision thinking about now and the rest of the season and we will see how it goes,” manager Alex Cora told. “We’re very comfortable with Christian, with Sandy.”
Leon will start for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against the New York Yankees to catch. He served almost exclusively as Sale’s catcher last season.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters that the club decided to move on from Swihart after meeting with the coaching staff Monday.
“For his own development, (Swihart) needs to go out and play,” Dombrowski said, according to.
Dombrowski added that the Red Sox have been trying to trade Swihart since spring training in 2018, according to.
Swihart, 27, has slashed .231/.310/.385 with one home run and four RBIs in 12 games this season. The former first-round pick has nine homers in 203 career games with the team.
He won one of the catching jobs out of spring training over Leon. Dombrowskithe team was split between Swihart or Leon for the Opening Day roster but that he was the one who picked the former to break camp with the club.
Leon, who appeared in 89 games with Boston last year, cleared waivers after being removed from the 40-man roster before Opening Day. The 30-year-old made seven appearances for Triple-A Pawtucket this season and hit .120/.154/.120.
The reigning World Series champions are off to a 6-11 start and have yet to win a series this season.
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