May 24, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves (47) talks with relief pitcher Chris Capuano (55) in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-5 in fifteen innings. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Capuano designated for assignment by Red Sox

Per Nick Cafardo, West Springfield native and 10-year MLB veteran Chris Capuano was cut loose by the Boston Red Sox Wednesday afternoon to make room for a returning Clay Buchholz, who will take the mound tonight against the Seattle Mariners.

Capuano compiled a 1-1 record with a 4.55 ERA over 28 appearances for the Red Sox, totaling 31 and 2/3 innings. The lefty appears to be a victim of the southpaw glut in the bullpen, as Felix Doubront recently joined a crew that also included Andrew Miller and Burke Badenhop.

Apparently, the Boston organization was more inclined to hold onto other assets with larger paychecks and higher ceilings than the 35-year old. Other moves may be looming.

The former Dodger, Met, Brewer and Diamondback started the season with 12 scoreless appearances, totaling 15 innings. He also had a stint in May with six of seven scoreless outings, but was lit up in other assignments, most notably during Monday’s 12-3 pasting at Seattle when he was unable to stop the bleeding after John Lackey‘s early ouster.

Capuano signed a one-year, $2.5 million pact in the off season that included incentives up to $5 million. Despite the struggles of the starting rotation, Capuano, a former starter, remained in the bullpen for the duration, until Wednesday.

For now, the Massachusetts kid pitching for his home team will have to look elsewhere for employment.

Tags: Boston Red Sox Chris Capuano Clay Buchholz

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