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June 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Ryan Lavarnway promoted to Triple-A

Sources close to SoxProspects have confirmed that catcher Ryan Lavarnway has been promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket following the trade of Michael McKenry. Matt Spring has been promoted to Portland to take his place.

In 55 games with Portland this season, the 23-year-old batted .284 with 14 home runs and 25 walks, good for an OPS or .869. He had been splitting time at designated hitter, and promoting him will allow Tim Federowicz to take on the lionshare of the catching duties for the Sea Dogs.

The Yale graduate has excelled at the plate during his time in the Red Sox system, especially in the areas of power and plate discipline. However, his defensive skills have always been lacking, and though there have been reports of him making strides forward in the area, time will tell whether he is able to handle the rigor of the defensive-focused position at the highest level of minors.

In other player movement news, Salem Red Sox broadcaster Evan Lepler reports that catcher Josue Peley will move from Greenville to Salem to fill the spot left by Spring. Lepler also reports that outfielder Bryce Brentz will be activated from the disabled list for tonight's game.