Dodgers claim catcher Ryan Lavarnway

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway from the Boston Red Sox and designated Drew Butera for assignment Friday as the new front office continues to tweak the fringes of the team’s roster.

General manager Farhan Zaidi said after tendering a contract to A.J. Ellis earlier this week that the team is considering a rotation at the catcher position, but Lavarnway, like Butera and Ellis, is a right-handed hitter.

In 97 major-league games, Lavarnway, 27, is a .201 hitter and has hit five home runs in 301 plate appearances. In the minor leagues, he batted .283 with an exceptional .375 on-base percentage. The Red Sox were so frustrated with Lavarnway’s catching ability that they had moved him to first base in his final games with them.

Lavarnway grew up in Burbank and attended Yale.

Butera, who appeared in 61 games for the Dodgers last year, is a career .183 hitter. Butera pitched in two blowout losses for the Dodgers last year and touched 94 mph on the radar gun in one of them.