The Red Sox announced that they have re-acquired catcher Kevin Cash from the Astros in exchange for infielder Angel Sanchez.
Cash was knuckleballer Tim Wakefield’s catcher for all of the 2008 season, and he also has experience catching Red Sox pitchers Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett (as well as relievers such as Jonathan Papelbon, Manny Delcarmen and Hideki Okajima). With Wakefield slated to start on Friday, the Sox have dealt for a catcher with a proven comfort with their knuckleballer. The team had been planning to use Gustavo Molina (called up on Tuesday) for the start.
Cash was designated for assignment last week by the Astros, who wanted to clear a roster spot for top prospect Jason Castro. He was hitting .204 with a .271 OBP, .333 slugging mark and .605 OPS in 20 games for Houston this year.
Sanchez was called up by the Sox on Saturday, after Dustin Pedroia landed on the disabled list. He did not appear in a game during this call-up, but had appeared in one contest (going 0-for-3) in place of Marco Scutaro earlier in the year.
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