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

Boston Red Sox's Sandy Leon catches against the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Thursday

Boston Red Sox's Sandy Leon catches against the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Thursday

A few changes to the roster coupled with a series against the New York Yankees couldn't even spark life into the Red Sox.

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 have made what many will view as a drastic move, designating Blake Swihart for assignment and calling up Sandy Leon from Pawtucket after a 6-11 start to the season. The Red Sox experimented with him at corner-outfield and infield positions when not serving as the backup catcher. The 27-year-old Swihart batted.231 with a.310 on-base percentage, .385 slugging percentage and.695 OPS. After being unable to find a suitable trade all winter, the team entered camp with all three vying for spots and ultimately chose Vazquez and Swihart for the Opening Day roster.

Consider it surprising, then, that this is how things end between Swihart and the Red Sox. He's batting.120 for Pawtucket in 2019.