June 13, 2011 at 12:15 AM
According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, catcher Michael McKenry has been traded to Pittsburgh for a player to be named later or cash.
In 29 games with the PawSox, McKenry hit .274 with 3 home runs, 12 RBI, and a .790 OPS. Acquired in a spring-training trade with the Rockies for pitcher Daniel Turpen, McKenry splitt he catching duties in Pawtucket with Luis Exposito.
His trade leaves an open spot on Boston's previously-full 40-man roster. Right-hander Junichi Tazawa, who is on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing Tommy John surgery and has been pitching for the Salem Red Sox on a rehab assignment, needs to be added back to the 40-man after his rehab period ends this week, so he will likely fill that vacated spot. The trade may also allow Salem catcher Mark Wagner to return to Pawtucket, where he spent parts of the last two seasons. The promotion of Wagner to Pawtucket would also open a spot on Salem's roster for Tazawa.