Red Sox cut Pierzynski, call up catching prospect

July 9, 2014
Red Sox cut Pierzynski, call up catching prospect
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Boston Red Sox's A.J. Pierzynski, right, reacts to his pop out in front of Baltimore Orioles' Caleb Joseph in the eighth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader in Boston, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (AP) -- The Red Sox have designated catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment and called up catching prospect Christian Vazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

The club also recalled right-hander Rubby De La Rosa from Pawtucket to start Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox.

De La Rosa was 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA in five starts for Boston this season. He has also made 12 starts over two stints with Pawtucket.

Vazquez, 23, made his major league debut Wednesday night.

The 37-year-old Pierzynski hit .254 with four home runs and 31 RBIs in 72 this season. He signed an $8.25 million, one-year contract with the Red Sox as a free agent in December.