BOSTON — The Red Sox will designate Hirokazu Sawamura for assignment as part of a series of roster moves coming Monday, according to a source.
As MassLive.com reported earlier, left-handed reliever Austin Davis also will be designated.
The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham was the first to report the news about Sawamura.
Boston will need to add two pitchers to the active roster.
Sawamura posted a 3.73 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 49 relief outings (50 ⅔ innings) this season.
In two seasons with Boston, the 34-year-old righty from Japan recorded a 3.39 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and .238 batting average against (104 outings, 103 ⅔ innings).
He signed a two-year contract with the Red Sox in February 2021. He earned $1.2 million each season. The deal included a dual club/player option for 2023 with a $600,000 buyout.
Sawamura pitched in Boston’s 12-4 loss to the Rays at Fenway Park on Sunday. He allowed three runs, four hits and two walks while striking out one in one inning.