In a retroactive move, the Red Sox added catching depth.
It was announced Friday morning that the Red Sox would be placing catcher, Sandy Leon, on paternity leave. In need of a backup catcher, Dave Dombrowski added Oscar Hernandez to the 40 man roster.
Hernandez is a former member of the Arizona Diamondbacks and has small stints with both Portland and then the PawSox after a suspension for drug abuse. In nine games, he maintained a minuscule .143 batting average and has launched one homerun. While in Portland, he hit .083 over seven games.
Red Sox fans can expect a similar offensive output as Leon, but it will certainly be interesting to see how Hernandez handles the Sox pitching staff. It’s highly likely that he’s nothing more than a contingency plan if Christian Vazquez were to get hurt.
Additionally, the Red Sox needed to clear room on the 40 man which ultimately led to Chandler Shepherd being designated for assignment. Despite being a breakout prospect last season, Shepherd has had a dismal start to 2019. He’s currently 0-5 with a 10.01 ERA over eight starts.
Being that Shepherd was once on the 40 man roster, it’s likely that the Red Sox would like to retain his services, but it remains to be seen if a team such as the Baltimore Orioles or Miami Marlins would be willing to give a once-promising arm a chance.