The Boston Red Sox announced Wednesday that their expected starting catcher for 2015, Christian Vazquez, will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday in Florida, possibly ending his season before it even started. Vazquez, 24, was slated to start behind the plate for the Red Sox on Opening Day.

While Tommy John surgery recovery does not take as long for position players as it does for pitchers, a timetable of nine months seems appropriate, in which case he’€™ll miss the entire season. Boston placed the youngster on the 60-day disabled list Monday.

Vazquez’s injury first occurred on March 13th while making a throw to second base in a game against the New York Yankees.

With Vazquez out, Ryan Hanigan, and recently-acquired Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals, are expected to share duties as the Red Sox’s backstops, with Humberto Quintero and minor leaguer Blake Swihart on the outside looking in.

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