Red Sox sign Yairo Muñoz to minor league contract

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The Red Sox signed infielder Yairo Muñoz on Tuesday, according to the club’s transactions page. Muñoz was released by the Cardinals earlier this month after he unexpectedly left the team to return to his home in the Dominican Republic.

Muñoz, 25, has played second base, third base, and shortstop as well as in all three outfield spots across parts of two seasons in the majors. He owns a career .273/.331/.391 batting line along with 10 home runs, 55 RBI, 59 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 510 plate appearances.

Muñoz, who was battling a hamstring injury at the time of his release, will need to be added to Boston’s 40-man roster unless the plan is for him to open the season — whenever it begins — at Triple-A.