Report: Red Sox Designate A.J. Pierzynski For Assignment

Posted on Jul 9 2014 - 3:58pm by Johnny Feulner
The Red Sox have designated A.J. Pierzynski for assignment - Mandatory Credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images via ESPN.com

The Red Sox have designated A.J. Pierzynski for assignment – Mandatory Credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images via ESPN.com

The Boston Red Sox are reeling, and they’re now saying sayonara to their catcher.

According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox have reportedly designated A.J. Pierzynski for assignment and recalled catching prospect Christian Vazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Manager John Farrell told WEEI radio of Pierzynski’s dismissal, and also confirmed Vazquez’s spot in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox – per Abraham.

Pierzynski, 37, signed a one-year deal with Boston this past winter, and was enduring one of the worst seasons of his career.

Through 72 games with the Red Sox so far, Pierzynski was hitting .254 with four homers and 31 runs-batted-in, which are all significant lows for the veteran catcher. Last season, Pierzynski hit .272 with 17 homers and 70 runs-batted-in – a drastic alteration in numbers from 2013 to now.

Pierzynski has not homered since May 24, and over the past 27 games he’s recorded just 18 hits, with only three being extra-base knocks.

Vazquez, who’s set to make his debut, was hitting .279 with three home runs and 20 runs-batted-in for Pawtucket through 66 games.