Erasmo Ramirez, Sandy Leon both called up by Red Sox

Rob Bradford
April 16, 2019 - 1:49 pm

The Red Sox made two call-ups Tuesday prior to their two-game series against the Yankees. One was for the long haul, while the other might just be serving as a stopgap.

The Sox promoted both catcher Sandy Leon and Erasmo Ramirez to the big league club, designated Blake Swihart for assignment. Reliever Marcus Walden was sent to Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday.

Leon will jump right in and catch Chris Sale in the series opener at Yankee Stadium. The catcher has thrown out six of nine potential base-stealers during his stint with the PawSox although his hitting continues to be an issue. The switch-hitter managed just three hits in 25 at-bats before his promotion.

Ramirez is a left-hander with major league experience, having signed on with the Red Sox on a minor-league deal this past offseason. The 28-year-old righty allowed just one run in his eight innings with Pawtucket, having last pitched April 11 when he tossed six shutout innings.

Ramirez has pitched in 192 major league games, making 92 starts.