Red Sox re-sign familiar face behind the plate
Catcher was one of the few positions on the Red Sox not bit by the injury but through the first half of the 2023 season. Between Connor Wong’s breakout and steady contributions from Reese McGuire, the firs three months of the season went by without incident. That changed two weeks ago though, when McGuire suffered a right oblique strain that landed him on the IL.
With McGuire on the shelf, the Red Sox called up Caleb Hamilton from Worcester to be Wong’s backup, but Hamilton went hitless in four games. Now, they’re turning to a familiar face to sure up that part of the roster.
On Thursday afternoon, the Sox announced the signing and activation of 30-year-old veteran catcher Jorge Alfaro. According to the team Alfaro is signed through the end of the current season.
This will be Alfaro’s second stint with the Red Sox, but first time in Boston. Originally signed to a minor-league deal in January, Alfaro had an excellent spring training slashing .320/.367/.520 with six home runs, 30 RBI, and four steals while also putting up a strong showing in the World Baseball Classic for Team Colombia. However, the team elected to keep Wong and McGuire as their two catchers and Alfaro was reassigned to Triple-A Worcester.
In Worcester Alfaro hit .323 over 46 games, but with strong play ahead of him in the Majors was never called up. He had a call-up clause in his contract for June 1, which he exercised and became a free agent.
In mid-June, Alfaro briefly signed with the Rockies and played in 10 games. He was DFA’ed on June 30, opening the door for the Red Sox to re-sign him.
Red Sox have signed Jorge Alfaro to a big league deal and DFA’d Caleb Hamilton (@alexspeier).— Tyler Milliken ⚾️ (@tylermilliken_) July 6, 2023
He was DFA’d by the Rockies last week after hitting .161/.188/.387/.575 in 10 games. Mashed for the @WooSox.
Defense is rough, but Hamilton didn’t offer much.pic.twitter.com/qyScmQZlwj
In order to make room for Alfaro on the roster, the Red Sox DFA’ed Hamilton on Thursday. Hamilton could return to Worcester if he clears waivers.
Although Alfaro is back with the team, Wong will get the start on Thursday night for the Red Sox’s series finale with the Texas Rangers. First pitch for that rubber match at Fenway Park is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.
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