Before the Red Sox face off against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, they've maximized their roster once more before first pitch.
Red Sox activate Blake Swihart from DL and designate Dan Butler for assignment. Butler was out of options.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) August 14, 2018
Swihart, 26, has been sidelined since Aug. 2 with left hamgstring tightness. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list the next day, and luckily only missed those required 10 days. Swihart played in one rehab game this past Sunday for the Lowell Spinners, the short-season Single-A affiliate of the big club.
Swihart will come back to his orginal spot as the backup catcher to Sandy Leon. During the 10-day stint, Dan Butler took over the backup duties, starting in two games. Swihart has hit .226 this season with one home run and six RBI, playing in 51 total games after the Hanley Ramirez roster crunch opened his season in controversy.
#RedSox have activated Blake Swihart off the disabled list. Dan Butler, who was out of options, was designated for assignment.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) August 14, 2018
Sox won both games Butler started. He also had a hit and a sac fly.
Butler, 31, has been a veteran in the minor league system. In the next seven days, we will find out if Boston has either traded, released, or demoted Butler. His 40-man roster spot has evaporated.