Red Sox add catcher Bryan Holaday to active Major League roster

The Boston Red Sox today added catcher Bryan Holaday to the active major league roster.

August 6th, 2016

The Boston Red Sox today added catcher Bryan Holaday to the active major league roster. To make room, catcher Ryan Hanigan was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to August 5) with left ankle peroneal tendinitis.

President of Baseball Operations David Dombrowski made the announcement.

  • Holaday, who will wear number 59, was claimed by Boston yesterday off waivers from Texas. The 28-year-old catcher appeared in 30 games for the Rangers this season before being designated for assignment on Monday. He batted .238 (20-for-84) with six doubles, one triple, and two home runs for Texas, also throwing out four of 14 attempted base stealers in 25 starts behind the plate. The Rangers went 17-8 in Holaday's starts, winning each of his final eight and 11 of his last 12. Selected by Detroit in the sixth round of the 2010 June Draft, he has hit .248 (85-for-343) with five home runs in 138 games between the Tigers (2012-15) and Rangers (2016), making each of his 93 starts at catcher and throwing out 21 of 89 attempted base stealers (24%). Holaday also threw 1.1 scoreless innings of relief in the Rangers' 17-5 loss at Minnesota on July 2, the lone pitching appearance of his career.
  • Hanigan, 35, has batted .158 (15-for-95) in 29 games with the Red Sox this season, having missed 26 games from June 5 to July 4 while on the 15-day disabled list with a neck strain. A native of Andover, MA, the right-handed hitting backstop has appeared in 641 major league games over 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (2007-13), Tampa Bay Rays (2014), and Red Sox (2015-16), combining to hit .250 (462-for-1,848) with a .345 on-base percentage. He has appeared in 83 games for Boston, with the Red Sox going 48-30 in his starts behind the plate. Originally signed by Cincinnati as a non-drafted free agent in 2002, Hanigan has thrown out 112 of 338 attempted base stealers (33%) while posting a 3.69 catcher's ERA in his major league career. He has caught two no-hitters, both thrown by the Reds' Homer Bailey.