NEW YORK – The Boston Red Sox remembers Sandy Leon and the scheduled successor Blake Swihart for the assignment, making Swihart the first casual roster in the middle of the season's progress.
Leon, who spent the first few weeks of the 2019 season on Triple-A, will be behind the plate and will be eight bats when the Red Sox gets to the Yankees rivals in New York on Tuesday with Chris Sale of heaps.
Red Sox dropped to a 6-11 start, tied to the last place in the American League East, and their starter has the worst ERA in baseball at 7.18.
as much as 2018 as a personal catcher of Sale, and many of Red Sox building staff speaks of his ability to call a game. In 2018, he led the majors with a 3.29 catcher's ERA in 89 games.
"We know what his strengths are, bringing staff pitching is one of them, staff," baseball president Dave Dombrowski's operations before Tuesday's game.
"It's a decision we decided to do at this point. I'm not saying that this is the only reason we try, but it will help us.If you have a club that has a lot of difficulty with others place, and we, many times the club are doing. You try to fix the little things at a time. "
When asked if the Red Sox underestimated Leon & # 39; s value in" I do not think we're minimizing It does not put it on Blake because our guys are not built very well, "says Dombrowski. "It's a combination of factors and we feel it's a great time to bring a veteran-type catcher to handle a veteran pitching staff. That's what we're excited for."
Christian Vazquez became the main starting team catcher. Alex Cora's manager said the team hoped that the play time would be like this in 2018, when Vazquez played in 80 games and Leon was caught in 89. Leon said he worked on simplifying his swing while in Triple-A.
"Just trying to get back to my simple habit and do not take much," says Leon. "I know I can not hit 30 homers, but I need a better job than last year."
Cora told Leon before the game that he did not need the superman catcher and solve everyone's problem.
"I told Sandy, do not feel like you have to come here and be a savior, it does not work," says Cora. "There is a level of comfort We know what he has done in the past. There is nothing against Blake, clearly you know what we feel about him, it's also one of the baseball decisions."
Swihart, once the highest prospect in the Red Sox farm system and a 2011 first-round pick, struggled with injuries since his league debut in 2015.
Drafted as a catcher , Swihart first hit the injured list in 2016 after the fall of his left ankle during a wall collision along the left-wing field while playing outfield at Fenway Park. Swihart also spent significant time in 2018 on IL, taking care of a strained hamstring.
Swihart spent the first two months of the 2018 season as the 25th man in Red Sox, with no minor league options.
Created more play time, Swihart added the infield and outfield to his defensive arsenal but received 30 and-bats in the first 50 games of the season. The 27-year-old finished the year with a .229 / .285 / .328 with three homer and 18 RBIs in 82 games.
In 203 games in the Red Sox, Swihart reaches .255 / .314 / .365 in nine homers and 58 RBIs, which has accumulated 0.3 WAR.