Red Sox designate Chris Capuano for assignment to clear roster spot for Clay Buchholz

June 25, 2014 - 2:46 pm

With Clay Buchholz coming off the disabled list, the Red Sox cleared a roster spot by designating Chris Capuano for assignment. Capuano, 35, signed a one-year, $2.25 million this spring to pitch out of the Red Sox bullpen. He got off to a tremendous start, logging 15 scoreless innings to start the season, but in his last 16 games (starting May 3), he allowed 17 runs (16 earned) in 16 2/3 innings with 14 strikeouts and 12 walks, ultimately moving from a high-leverage reliever to a bullpen afterthought, with a 4.55 ERA in 31 2/3 innings this year. With Felix Doubront now available to the Sox as a bullpen option, Capuano's performance as well as the team's personnel made the Springfield native's roster spot vulnerable.