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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

Pitching on three days' rest, Steven Wright gave up four runs -- three earned -- in 3 2/3 innings versus the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Of course, pitching on three days' rest shouldn't be too much trouble for a knuckleballer. Wright, though, has been ineffective in back-to-back outings, leading to some doubt over whether he'll be Boston's fifth starter if Joe Kelly lands on the disabled list. Kelly is on the road back anyway, so the Red Sox might need an extra starter just once.
Apr 1 - 5:34 PM

Allen Craig was credited with an inside-the-park homer against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

It was a well-hit ball, but one that would have been a double had Jose Bautista not fallen down. Craig hasn't really torn it up with a .250 average, two homers and two doubles in 48 at-bats this spring, but he's definitely looked better than he did last year. Ideally, the Red Sox would work out a trade with a team that could play him regularly, but that he's owed $21 million between 2016 and 2017 complicates matters.
Apr 1 - 5:32 PM

Despite allowing six hits, Clay Buchholz pitched four scoreless innings Wednesday as a Red Sox split-squad and the Twins played to a 4-4 tie.

Buchholz struck out four and walked one. He finishes the spring with a 2.84 ERA, though his earlier results might have been more encouraging than his later ones. He'll face the Phillies, and hit for himself in the NL park, on Opening Day.
Apr 1 - 5:01 PM

Alexi Ogando surrendered three runs while retiring just two of the eight batters he faced Wednesday against the Twins.

Ogando had impressed as of late, allowing one hit and no walks over four scoreless innings in his previous four appearances. This one, though, won't help his chances of beginning the season in a key role in the Boston pen. He will be on the team; it just remains to be seen whether he can help as a setup man or not.
Apr 1 - 4:59 PM

Joe Kelly (biceps) pitched four innings in a minor league game on Wednesday.

Kelly threw 65 pitches. This was his first game action in almost two weeks. He'll likely need another few starts to build up his arm strength before he's ready to contribute to the Red Sox. Prior to the injury, Kelly had given up 17 hits in just seven and a third spring innings. He pitched to a 4.20 ERA and 1.349 WHIP over 91 innings between the Cardinals and the Red Sox last season.
Apr 1 - 2:46 PM

Matt Barnes (food poisoning) is scheduled to pitch on Thursday.

Nothing to see here. If Barnes makes the Red Sox Opening Day roster, it will be as a reliever, but he's likely to begin the season in Triple-A.
Apr 1 - 8:59 AM

Blake Swihart went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI as the Red Sox scored nine runs in the top of the ninth to beat a Rays split-squad 11-8 on Tuesday.

Sure, it was against a few pitchers who figure to play no role for the Rays this year, but it's not every day a team scores nine in the ninth to win. Swihart's triple was Boston's only extra-base hit of the game. He's hit .333 with a homer in 30 at-bats this spring. The Red Sox are making the right move in sending him down -- he had just a .659 OPS after moving up to Triple-A last year -- but it wouldn't be much of surprise to see him starting for the club come June or July.
Mar 31 - 5:22 PM

Rusney Castillo had three hits in six at-bats against the Rays on Tuesday.

It's undeniable that Castillo has been more impressive than Shane Victorino this spring. The Red Sox also have no real financial incentive to send Castillo down to Triple-A. Still, it's practically certain that they'll go that route unless Victorino or Allen Craig is traded before the week is out.
Mar 31 - 5:19 PM

Red Sox released RHP Felipe Paulino.

Paulino would have been owed a $100,000 retention bonus if the Red Sox had opted to keep him. The righty has dealt with a myriad of shoulder issues over the last two seasons. While he was healthy this spring, he pitched just four innings in competition for a bullpen role.
Mar 31 - 12:39 PM

Humberto Quintero will not be opting out of his minor league contract with the Red Sox.

Manager John Farrell told Quintero that the team still had not settled on a second catcher. Quintero's struggled this spring, hitting only .188/.278/.250 in 16 at-bats, but he's apparently holding out hope that he could still make the big club. Ryan Hanigan is the team's projected starter, with Sandy Leon and Quintero acting as potential back-ups. Prospect Blake Swihart lurks in the background.
Mar 31 - 9:06 AM

Koji Uehara said his ailing left hamstring felt the "same as last time" when he tried to throw a bullpen session Monday.

Uehara hasn't pitched in a game since March 14 and remains unable to throw at 100 percent effort off a mound without his hamstring bothering him. The reliever is expected to begin the season on the disabled list and will likely hang back in extended spring training for a bit. Edward Mujica will be the Red Sox' primary closer while Uehara is on the shelf.
Mar 30 - 9:17 PM

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are not expected to trade Allen Craig before the start of the season.

Speier says that "at least three teams" have inquired on Craig this spring, but those clubs "have treated him as a distressed asset" and the Red Sox aren't interested in selling low. The report adds that "evaluators have seen a different hitter this spring" after his struggles last year and the Red Sox have "been impressed with how Craig has handled a potentially challenging situation." Craig doesn't look to be in line for much playing time in 2015, but he could potentially take over at first base in 2016 if Mike Napoli departs as a free agent.
Source: Boston Globe
Mar 30 - 7:11 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Monday that prospect catcher Blake Swihart will begin the season with Triple-A Pawtucket.

In the wake of Christian Vazquez's elbow injury, some speculated that Swihart could be carried on the Opening Day roster, but he has limited experience above Double-A and figures to get at least a little more time in the minors before the Red Sox consider a call-up. Ryan Hanigan should begin the season as the primary catcher while the newly-acquired Sandy Leon and non-roster invitee Humberto Quintero are in the mix for the backup job. However, there's no question that Swihart could arrive sooner than originally anticipated.
Mar 30 - 4:12 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday that he doesn't expect Koji Uehara (hamstring) to be ready for Opening Day.

It's not a big surprise at this point. Uehara suffered a left hamstring strain about two weeks ago and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday, but there's simply not enough time to get him ready for Opening Day. However, he should join Boston's bullpen relatively quickly if he can avoid setbacks. Edward Mujica will be the favorite for saves during his absence, but Farrell could also play the matchups.
Mar 30 - 4:04 PM

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