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Christian Vazquez | Catcher | #7

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 9 (0) / BOS
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Christian Vazquez (elbow) was able to make throws to second and third base from behind the plate on Friday without any issues.
Vazquez continues to make nice progress in his recovery from reconstructive elbow surgery with Red Sox manager John Farrell estimating that, "He’s probably at about 90 percent". The 25-year-old backstop made a name for himself with his cannon of an arm, cutting down 15 of the 29 would-be base stealers against him during his rookie season in 2014. With Blake Swihart and Ryan Hanigan also in the fold, it will be interesting to see how the club's catching situation plays out this spring. Feb 13 - 8:25 AM
Source: Boston Globe

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Christian Vazquez (elbow) will throw to bases on Friday.

When asked about his elbow, Vazquez said, "Fine. No problem." It sounds like he's almost fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. Blake Swihart has already been named the starting catcher, which means Vazquez will likely open the year in Triple-A.
Feb 11 - 11:57 AM

Christian Vazquez (elbow) is currently throwing from up to 120 feet.

Making his way back from Tommy John surgery, Vazquez is expected to be ready for Grapefruit League play when the schedule gets underway. However, with Blake Swihart and Ryan Hanigan around, the Red Sox figure to take things slowly with Vazquez and have him begin the season in the minors.
Jan 22 - 10:57 AM

Christian Vazquez was released from his Puerto Rican Winter League team at his request.

It's a frustrating situation for Vazquez, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and was originally scheduled to get some at-bats at DH with the San Juan Senadores. However, that team folded and he was added to the roster for Mayaguez, a team two hours away from his home. He ultimately requested his release due to the travel and lack of at-bats. Barring him signing with another team, he will now prepare for spring training on his own. "The doctors feel he’ll be healthy come spring training. But I’m not sure how many at-bats he’s going to need to be ready," said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. Blake Swihart and Ryan Hanigan figure to share catching duties if Vazquez opens 2016 in the minors.
Source: Boston Globe
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 08:56:00 AM

Red Sox activated C Christian Vazquez from the 60-day disabled list.

It's a procedural move that returns him to the 40-man roster. Vazquez is expected to be recovered from Tommy John surgery in time for the start of spring training.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 03:28:00 PM

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 the start of spring training.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 10:02:00 PM

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.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 05:54:00 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.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 01:55:00 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.
Thu, Apr 2, 2015 09:01:00 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.
Wed, Apr 1, 2015 07:23:00 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.
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 10:06:00 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.
Sun, Mar 29, 2015 03:44:00 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.
Sun, Mar 29, 2015 10:07:00 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.
Sat, Mar 28, 2015 08:59:00 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.
Fri, Mar 27, 2015 09:33:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Blake Swihart
2Ryan Hanigan
3Christian Vazquez
4Ali Solis
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2Travis Shaw
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Marco Hernandez
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Deven Marrero
3Chris Dominguez
LF1Jackie Bradley
2Brennan Boesch
CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Rusney Castillo
2Chris Young
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Clay Buchholz
3Rick Porcello
4Eduardo Rodriguez
5Joe Kelly
6Roenis Elias
7Henry Owens
8Steven Wright
9William Cuevas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Koji Uehara
3Carson Smith
4Junichi Tazawa
5Robbie Ross
6Tommy Layne
7Heath Hembree
8Williams Jerez
9Pat Light
10Matt Barnes
11Noe Ramirez
12Brandon Workman
13Anthony Varvaro