Red Sox send McKenry to Pirates

The Red Sox tonight have traded Pawtucket catcher Mike McKenry to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

McKenry, 26, had been acquired by Boston from Rockies on March 29. He hit .274 (26 for-95) with five doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI, 10 runs and 14 walks in 29 games for Pawtucket.

The 40-man roster is now at 39.

Presumably this means either Tim Federowicz or Ryan Lavarnway will be promoted from Class AA Portland to Pawtucket. Or maybe it’ll be Mark Wagner, who is still in the system and toiling away at Class A Salem.

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McKenry was an insurance policy picked up at the end of spring training because the Sox weren’t sure they had a Class AAA catcher who could perform in the majors if needed.

The Sox have won nine straight and at just before midnight on a Sunday, Theo Epstein is making a trade. A GM’s work is never done.

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