Red Sox pick up Byrd from Cubs

Red Sox acquire CF Marlon Byrd from Cubs

The struggling Boston Red Sox have acquired center fielder Marlon Byrd from the Chicago Cubs.

With Jacoby Ellsbury sidelined by a partially dislocated right shoulder, the Red Sox were in desperate need of some help in the outfield. Byrd is off to a terrible start this season with just three hits in 43 at-bats, but he hit .276 in 119 games last season and made the NL All-Star team in 2010.

The Cubs also sent cash to Boston in exchange for right-hander Michael Bowden and a player to be named.

The 25-year-old Bowden began this season on Boston's opening-day roster and had a 3.00 ERA in two relief appearances before he was designated for assignment on April 15.

The Red Sox wasted a nine-run lead and lost 15-9 to the Yankees on Saturday.

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