Bad news for Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez?


After it was widely reported on Thursday that Christian Vazquez‘ right elbow discomfort was becoming such a large issue that he was in danger of missing opening day, he told reporters this morning that an MRI performed on Friday “showed something”. He did not elaborate on exactly what that “something” was, and may not know the full extent himself considering he later stated, “I hope it’s not bad” according to the Boston Herald’s Michael Siverman.

During a March 13th contest against the Yankees, Vazquez felt something happen in the elbow after attempting to throw a runner out at second base. The Red Sox removed him from the game and rested him for two weeks in which he was only a designated hitter and was on a throwing program according to John Farrell.

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Yesterday, during an intersquad game, Vazquez played behind the plate catching Joe Kelly but was told not to overuse the arm and only throw back to the pitcher. Unfortunately, the elbow was not feeling quite right leading to the MRI. While he seemed unsure of the ultimate result of the findings, Vazquez added “I’m waiting, I’m waiting. I’ll be fine”, according to WEEI’s Mike Petraglia. Vazquez will go for a second opinion before revealing his options.

John Farrell wouldn’t discuss the club’s future plans except to say that they hoped to know more on Sunday and that Ryan Hanigan, who was dealt to Boston in the Will Middlebrooks deal, would certainly see more time behind the plate. Of course what Farrell didn’t discuss, but Sox fans certainly know, is that much discussed prospect Blake Swihart will clearly be in the mix as well.

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