The Red Sox activate catcher Blake Swihart, DFA Sandy Leon

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The Red Sox designated catcher Sandy Leon for assignment today and activated catcher Blake Swihart.

John Farrell said he’s looking for more offense from his catchers, so Leon — who has hit abysmally — has been DFA’d in favor of Blake Swihart. Swihart hasn’t hit well in the majors this season but he did hit better than Leon. At Pawtucket Swihart has hit .311/.363/.351.

Before this season Swihart, considered one of the top if not the top catching prospect in the game, had only played 18 games above Double-A.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.