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Ryan Lavarnway | Catcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/7/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Red Sox optioned C Ryan Lavarnway to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Lavarnway did his best to make the club this spring, slashing .289/.357/.474 in 38 at-bats, but the club is set with veterans A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross behind the dish. Lavarnway could be converted to a first baseman at Triple-A to alleviate the logjam the Sox have at backstop in their organization. Mar 28 - 6:42 PM

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Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that Ryan Lavarnway is "being shopped around" by the Red Sox.

There's no room for Lavarnway in Boston with A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross on the roster and no room for him at Triple-A Pawtucket with Christian Vazquez and Daniel Butler expected to handle the catching duties there. If Lavarnway does wind up back at Pawtucket, he's expected to see most of his playing time at first base and DH.
Source: CSNNE.com
Mar 17 - 3:05 PM

Ryan Lavarnway went 2-for-2 with a double as the Red Sox beat Northeastern University 5-2 in seven innings Thursday.

By signing A.J. Pierzynski and retaining Mike Napoli and Mike Carp, the Red Sox left Lavarnway on the outside looking in once again. He has an option year left, so he'll probably head back to Triple-A Pawtucket for another go. However, if someone wants to flip a prospect for him, he should be available. The Red Sox have better defensive catchers on the way, and Lavarnway probably won't hit enough to be more than a stopgap first baseman or DH.
Feb 27 - 4:10 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Ryan Lavarnway will work at first base in addition to catching during spring training.

The more versatility that the 26-year-old can display during spring training, the better his chances will be of cracking the Opening Day roster. He has intriguing offensive potential, especially with the catcher eligibility, but holds little value in mixed leagues without consistent at-bats.
Jan 31 - 9:44 PM

Red Sox recalled C Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Lavarnway has seen sporadic time with the Red Sox this season, hitting .283/.323/.383 with eight RBI in 60 at-bats. He'll provide additional depth behind the plate and another right-handed power option off the bench.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 10:23:00 AM

Red Sox optioned C Ryan Lavarnway to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Lavarnway is no longer needed with David Ross set to be activated from the DL. He returns to a .259/.367/.388 batting line over 39 games in the minors.
Mon, Aug 19, 2013 01:25:00 PM

Red Sox recalled C Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket.

He'll provide catching depth while David Ross is out. Lavarnway has two hits in eight at-bats for the Red Sox this season.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 08:27:00 PM

Red Sox optioned C Ryan Lavarnway to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Lavarnway saw just seven at-bats with the big club while David Ross was on the DL. He'll need another injury to occur before getting another call-up.
Fri, May 24, 2013 02:41:00 PM

Red Sox recalled C Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket.

He'll be around for catching depth with David Ross (concussion) on the shelf. Lavarnway has batted .313/.408/.475 with a pair of homers at Triple-A this season.
Sun, May 12, 2013 01:25:00 PM

Red Sox optioned C/DH Ryan Lavarnway to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Lavarnway didn't receive any at-bats in his few days with the big club. He's being sent down to make room for the return of John Lackey, who will start Sunday.
Sun, Apr 28, 2013 08:43:00 AM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Ryan Lavarnway will be sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket when John Lackey is activated from the disabled list on Sunday.

Lavarnway didn't receive any at-bats during his brief stay in Boston. He should be given a shot later this summer.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 11:35:00 PM

Red Sox recalled C Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Lavarnway is a .172/.230/.286 career hitter in the major leagues, but he has monstrous numbers on the farm. He could see some action against left-handed pitchers.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 02:27:00 PM

The Red Sox are expected to promote Ryan Lavarnway prior to Thursday's game.

He'll take Alfredo Aceves' roster spot. Lavarnway is batting .310/.423/.452 with a homer and seven RBI this season at Triple-A Pawtucket. He could see some starts against left-handed pitching but might be sent back down on Sunday when John Lackey is activated from the DL.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 09:01:00 PM

Red Sox optioned C Ryan Lavarnway to Triple-A Pawtucket; reassigned RHPs Anthony Carter and Jose de la Torre to minor league camp.

The Red Sox are set with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ross behind the plate, so cutting Lavarnway doesn't come as a surprise. The 25-year-old batted just .136 (6-for-44) with one double in 16 games this spring.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 09:39:00 AM

Ryan Lavarnway went 0-for-5 on Friday to lower his spring average to .133.

Lavarnway's struggles might have something to do with the fact that he was essentially told there was no spot for him before camp even started. That said, he certainly could have helped his chances of getting traded to a team that would use him had he performed well this spring. He doesn't have much of anything left to prove in Triple-A, but that's where he's bound unless Jarrod Saltalamacchia or David Ross gets hurt.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 04:39:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Pierzynski
2David Ross
1B1Mike Napoli
2Mike Carp
2B1Dustin Pedroia
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Jonathan Herrera
3Ryan Roberts
LF1Daniel Nava
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Grady Sizemore
2Jackie Bradley
RF1Shane Victorino
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Clay Buchholz
3John Lackey
4Jake Peavy
5Felix Doubront
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Craig Breslow
5Burke Badenhop
6Andrew Miller
7Chris Capuano
8Steven Wright