Shepherd was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Shephard was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after spending a couple weeks at big-league spring training, and has struggled this season with a 10.01 ERA, 2.36 WHIP and 30:16 K:BB over 29.2 innings. The 26-year-old has yet to make his major-league debut and has been stuck at Triple-A since midseason 2016.

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