On Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox officially announced that 24-year-old catcher Christian Vazquez would undergo Tommy John surgery, which will force him to sit out the entire 2015 season.
By Peter Elliott – Lead MLB and NFL Writer – @PelliottSports
Dr. James Andrews confirmed his original diagnosis of a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Andrews is performing the procedure Thursday.
Last year, after being called up from Pawtucket in July, Vazquez proved his worthiness, batting .240 and driving in 20 runs. The main reason the Red Sox used him so much was because of his defensive ability behind the plate. In his 458.1 innings as backstop for the Sox, he posted a .987 fielding percentage.
Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello commented on Vazquez’s setback saying:
He’s special. I’ve literally never thrown to a catcher who can do the sort of things he can do. He gives you a lot of confidence as a pitcher.
The Red Sox have already made moves to fix this hole in their roster, by promoting veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan, and trading for Sandy Leon to be Hanigan’s backup.
Peter Elliott writes about the the MLB, NFL, and NCAA for Talking Baws.