Leon was reinstated from the paternity list as expected Monday. Leon should return to his backup catcher role after missing the Red Sox's weekend series against Houston. Oscar Hernandez was optioned in a corresponding move.
Leon (personal) will be activated from the paternity list ahead of Monday's game against the Astros, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. The Red Sox will presumably send fellow catcher Oscar Hernandez down to the minors after Sunday's series finale against Houston to clear a spot on the active roster for Leon. Once he's formally reinstated, Leon will reprise his normal duties as the backup to top backstop Christian Vazquez.
Leon was placed on paternity leave Friday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Leon has hit .200/.294/.333 in 12 games for the Red Sox this season. Oscar Hernandez's contract was selected from Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding move, leaving Hernandez as the temporary backup to Christian Vazquez. Leon should return within a few days.
Leon went 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer in a win over Seattle on Saturday. The home run capped an eight-run third inning by the Red Sox and was Leon's first of the year. The catcher is hitting .222 in 11 games.
Leon went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's 8-0 loss to the Yankees. Leon had his contract purchased Tuesday in a move designed to help Boston's struggling rotation improve. After Tuesday's game, Boston's starters have a league-worst 7.18 ERA. Whether Leon's arrival means he'll get more starts than Christian Vazquez is unclear, but with either catcher, don't expect much offense.
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