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Christian Vazquez | Catcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (24) / 8/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies "are doing background work" on Christian Vazquez's makeup.

Rosenthal adds that the Phils are doing the same thing with Matt Barnes and Mookie Betts. The Red Sox are known to have interest in Cole Hamels, and the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo has said Philly has "scouted the Red Sox extensively." It doesn't mean they'll get any of the three players mentioned, though. Vazquez is currently in line to be Boston's Opening Day catcher and Rosenthal says that Betts "seems untouchable." Rosenthal notes that Hamels included the Red Sox on his latest no-trade list and might only approve being dealt there if his $20 million option for 2019 is picked up.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 08:56:00 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Monday afternoon that he is "very comfortable" with Christian Vazquez as his starting catcher for 2015.

Vazquez batted just .240/.308/.309 with one home run and 20 RBI in 55 games this season, but the 24-year-old is tremendous defensively and the Red Sox will hope that his offense catches up as he gets more playing time at the major league level. Think of Yadier Molina's early years in St. Louis. Vazquez is doubtful to hold much fantasy relevance next season.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 12:50:00 PM

Christian Vazquez had a terrific night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with an RBI double and a two-run home run in Thursday's rout of the Rays.

It was a night of firsts, as Rusney Castillo joined Vazquez in hitting their first career major league home runs on Thursday. Vazquez had been slow to start offensively, but his performance against the Rays bumps his slash line up to .238/.304/.308 with 19 RBI in 197 plate appearances. Unfortunately, Vazquez is running out of time to bring his numbers further up on the board.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 10:52:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Blake Swihart
2Sandy Leon
3Ryan Hanigan
4Christian Vazquez
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Jeff Bianchi
3B1Pablo Sandoval
LF1Hanley Ramirez
2Daniel Nava
CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Rusney Castillo
2Shane Victorino
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Joe Kelly
5Justin Masterson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Junichi Tazawa
3Craig Breslow
4Alexi Ogando
5Matt Barnes
6Tommy Layne
7Steven Wright
8Brandon Workman
9Heath Hembree
10Anthony Varvaro