Christian Vazquez will undergo Tommy John surgery.
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The Boston Red Sox have announced that Christian Vazquez will undergo a season-ending surgery on his right elbow on Thursday. The procedure will be held by Dr. James Andrews, famous for perfoming surgery on Tom Brady, Rajon Rondo, Michael Jordan, Roger Clemens, Albert Pujols, Matt Harvey, Bo Jackson and a huge etcetera of All-Stars from every major American sport.
Even though the team has not determined when Vazquez will return, recovery from Tommy John surgery on a catcher usually takes nine to ten months.
Vazquez arrived early this Spring Training and began to work with pitcher and quickly got the attention of the newcomers, specially Rick Porcello. “My first bullpen session with him I probably threw five, six, seven fastballs that were down below the strike zone that weren’t strikes that when I picked my head up and he caught it, he had it right there. His hands are unbelievable. You can tell from the first pitch you throw how a guy catches a ball and whether or not he can frame really well or not. And he’s the best I’ve ever thrown to,” Porcello told to MassLive.com. “That’s not to disrespect anybody else, he’s just tremendous and it’s just great talent.”
Nationals' catcher Sandy León was acquired by cash considerations and Vazquez was placed on the 60-day DL to clear a spot. It seems that Hanigan is going to be the Opening Day catcher since León is there to be the back-up.
The Red Sox do not have plans to rush prospect Blake Swihart and it looks like he's going to be at AAA for at least three or four months. (Smart move since we all know what happens when rookies are rushed)
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