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Christian Vazquez | Catcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Christian Vazquez (elbow) will get some at-bats in the instructional league this fall.
Vazquez resumed throwing last month as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, but he will only bat during the instructional league. The young catcher remains on track for Opening Day next season. Aug 24 - 10:02 PM

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Christian Vazquez (elbow) threw Thursday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

An important step for Vazquez, who has been out all season following Tommy John surgery in April. The hope is that he'll be ready to go for the start of 2016.
Jul 23 - 5:54 PM

Christian Vazquez (elbow) is scheduled to start his throwing program Thursday.

Vazquez underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery just before Opening Day and will wind up missing all of 2015. The hope is that the defensively-stellar catcher is going to be ready for the start of the 2016 season.
Jul 20 - 1:55 PM

Christian Vazquez underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday.

The operation knocks him out for the duration of the 2015 season. The Red Sox will go with Ryan Hanigan and Sandy Leon at catcher for now, although top prospect Blake Swihart could force his way onto the roster.
Apr 2 - 9:01 PM

Christian Vazquez will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday.

It's a tough break for the 24-year-old, as he was set to be the starting catcher for the Red Sox this season. He'll likely be sidelined all of 2015, although position players generally come back faster from the surgery than pitchers. The Sox will make due with Ryan Hanigan and Sandy Leon in Vazquez' absence. Blake Swihart should be on the way soon.
Apr 1 - 7:23 PM

Red Sox placed C Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

This feels like confirmation that Vazquez is going to need season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Boston acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Nationals on Monday morning to back up Ryan Hanigan. And top prospect Blake Swihart may be put on the fast track.
Mar 30 - 10:06 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Christian Vazquez could require Tommy John surgery after an MRI revealed damage to his right ulnar collateral ligament.

The Red Sox haven't commented on the situation, but the fact that Vazquez is being sent to Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for a second opinion isn't a good sign. Heyman has confirmed everyone's worst fear, as Vazquez would be knocked out for the season if an operation is required. Ryan Hanigan is perfectly capable of holding down the fort, but the Red Sox are reportedly considering keeping top prospect Blake Swihart on the roster.
Mar 29 - 3:44 PM

Christian Vazquez (elbow) will receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.

Vazquez said said Saturday that the first MRI "found something" in his right elbow. The Red Sox have offered no details, which probably isn't a good sign. We should find out after Wednesday's exam how serious the ailment is.
Mar 29 - 10:07 AM

Christian Vazquez (elbow) said Saturday that his MRI "found something" but the team will get a second opinion before making a formal diagnosis.

That certainly doesn't sound promising for his chances of suiting up on Opening Day. Vazquez has been battling a sore right elbow for the past week or so which prompted the exam. If he is unavailable for the start of the season, Ryan Hanigan could function as the team's primary catcher.
Mar 28 - 8:59 AM

Christian Vazquez (elbow) will undergo an MRI Friday.

Vazquez has been dealing with a sore right elbow for over a week and has been unable to get over the hump. He'll catch in a minor league game Friday but won't be allowed to throw to bases. At this point there's been no worry that Opening Day will be affected, but we'll have to wait and see what the MRI says.
Mar 27 - 9:33 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that Christian Vazquez (elbow) is still "restricted" in his throwing.

Vazquez threw to bases Thursday, but not at full-intensity and Farrell said that he's not game-ready at this point. Still, the 24-year-old backstop is confident that he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 26 - 4:10 PM

Christian Vazquez (elbow) expressed confidence Thursday that he will be ready for the season-opener.

Vazquez has appeared in just one game since March 13 due to elbow soreness, but he threw to bases Thursday in Red Sox camp and felt good. Boston's young starting catcher will play in a minor league game Friday.
Mar 26 - 3:15 PM

Christian Vazquez (elbow) is scheduled to catch in another minor league game Friday.

Vazquez has appeared in just one Grapefruit League game since March 13 due to soreness in his throwing elbow. He said he should have a "more clear read" on his status for Opening Day by this weekend. The minor league game Friday will be a big test.
Mar 26 - 9:50 AM

Christian Vazquez (elbow) went 0-for-4 in a minor league game Wednesday.

Vazquez is dealing with a sore right throwing elbow, but he should be back in Grapefruit League action soon. Blake Swihart isn't far off from the majors, but the 24-year-old Vazquez is expected to be the primary catcher for Boston this season.
Mar 18 - 2:28 PM

Christian Vazquez is dealing with a sore right (throwing) elbow.

Vazquez hasn't played since last Friday. The plan calls for him to get some at-bats in a minor league game Thursday, so it doesn't sound too serious.
Mar 17 - 9:58 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Blake Swihart
2Ryan Hanigan
3Christian Vazquez
4Sandy Leon
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2Travis Shaw
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
3Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
LF1Jackie Bradley
CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Rusney Castillo
2Allen Craig
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Eduardo Rodriguez
5Joe Kelly
6Steven Wright
7Henry Owens
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Jean Machi
3Junichi Tazawa
4Alexi Ogando
5Craig Breslow
6Robbie Ross
7Tommy Layne
8Heath Hembree
9Brandon Workman
10Anthony Varvaro
11Noe Ramirez
12Ryan Cook