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

Buckley It’s too bad the Red Sox never had Blake Swihart’s back

Buckley It’s too bad the Red Sox never had Blake Swihart’s back

While he shouldn't be hit with the blame for the struggles of Boston's starting rotation, Red Sox starters had an ERA of 7.92 in the six games Swihart started at catcher.

The Red Sox Tuesday designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, adding catcher Sandy Léon and right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez to the active roster.

Leon, who is due almost $2.5 million in 2019, went unclaimed on waivers and was sent to Pawtucket shortly before the season.

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There's a chance Swihart clears waivers and gets sent to the minors, but those chances are remote.

The second was in April 2016, a year after Swihart had held his own as a big-league rookie, when the Red Sox moved him to left field, then watched helplessly as he slammed into a wall and severely injured his ankle. He spent seven games there before the Red Sox, who enter play Tuesday with a 6-11 record, made a decision to shake things up behind the plate. This time, there's no going back.

Fair or not, the main criticism of Swihart centers around his ability to play catcher at a high level and manage a pitching staff. Boston's pitchers have been largely awful this season, a major factor in the defending World Series champions disappointing 6-11 start.

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Leon likely will catch Chris Sale in the first game of the two-game set in the Bronx.

The fact that Boston called up Leon isn't a surprise.

Swihart has played in 203 games during his Major League career, batting just.255.

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