April 1, 2015

Vazquez Lost for Season; Will Undergo TJ Surgery Tomorrow

Catcher Christian Vazquez will have Tommy John surgery tomorrow, and will miss all of the 2015 season.

Given the typical recovery time of roughly a year, Vazquez should be ready next spring training, but that's of little consolation in the here and now for a Red Sox team that expected Vazquez to handle not just a new pitching staff, but to shut down opposing running games with his howitzer of a right arm.

Vazquez threw out 52 percent of opposing base stealers in an impressive debut last year, but that arm ended up being his undoing. He felt soreness after throwing out Tyler Wade of the Yankees on March 13, and when two weeks of rest didn't provide adequate healing, underwent an MRI. The results of that, on Friday, "found something," Vazquez said, and he was referred to Dr. [James] Andrews.
The starting catching job will fall to Ryan Hanigan, with newcomer Sandy Leon in reserve. Top prospect Blake Swihart will begin the year in Pawtucket.


FenFan said...

Fuckity fuck fuck

johngoldfine said...

You just stole the words right out of my mouth, fenfan.

Michael said...

Bummed. I really like Vazquez. Let's hope he comes back strong and Swihart seizes the chance, we could end up with one hell of a catching tandem.

Maxwell Horse said...

People have been over the moon about Vazquez in part because he has (had?) a "gun for an arm." And now here he is getting Tommy John. Correlation? And if so, I wonder if that part of his defensive game will be compromised going forward.