Swihart rates as baseball's 17th best prospect according to Baseball America, and put up a .333/.375/.533 slash line in spring training with the big league squad. The plan was for him to develop at Triple-A Pawtucket a bit longer, but injuries to Hanigan and catcher Sandy Leon.
In 18 games with Pawtucket, Swihart hit .338, with a .392 on-base percentage and .382 slugging, plus 11 RBIs.
Comcast SportsNet New England's Sean McAdam reported the Red Sox will continue to explore external options at the position.
- Jeremy Woo