Christian Vazquez Likely to Begin Season on Disabled List with Elbow Injury

According to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, Christian Vazquez has been told ‘something’ was found in the elbow MRI he underwent Friday afternoon, and that he will now be seeking a second opinion.

In an interview with ESPN Boston, Red Sox manager John Farrell was asked if the MRI showed any ligament damage that could require surgery.

“I was not told specifically what’s going on there,” he explained. “We just know there have been some findings in the MRI. I think before we get too far ahead of ourselves, a second opinion will be had and information compared, but clearly the MRI suggests that there’s more information that’s going to be had.”

Although Farrell reiterated that Vazquez would indeed seek a second opinion, he did not seem optimistic that the 24-year old catcher could avoid a trip to the disabled list.

“We’re still in a little bit of fact-finding mode right now — there’s no clear-cut plan going forward. Hopefully in the coming days we’ll have some more definite information and what is the follow-up plan after that.

“At this point it is unlikely — to see him being available Opening Day.”

Although Boston’s top catching prospect Blake Swihart has impressed many this spring by hitting .333/.385/.500 with a home run and five RBI, he has only played a handful of games above the AA level, and would seemingly need more time in the minors before becoming a serious contender for the big league job.

Ryan Hanigan, a Massachusetts native whom the Red Sox acquired via trade in December, seems the most likely candidate to take over the starting catcher role.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Hanigan shared with ESPN Boston. “I always trained to come in to be the starting guy — that’s what I always wanted, to tell you the truth. I trained that way in the offseason, worked hard to be ready whenever my name was called.”

Forrest Mulheron is a Boston Red Sox/MLB Correspondent for Baseball Essential

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