Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez acknowledged Saturday morning that he’s very nervous about his sore right elbow. And now Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports that the 24-year-old is going to be examined by Dr. James Andrews, who of course specializes in Tommy John surgery.
“I don’t know about the severity of it right now,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday. “We know there have been findings on it, based on the MRI, and I think anytime the elbow is talked about, you go to someone who’s probably the source in our industry — and that’s Dr. Andrews — to take a further look at this.”
Ryan Hanigan is expected to open the season as Boston’s starting catcher. And season-ending surgery for Vazquez would likely accelerate the timetable for top prospect Blake Swihart’s debut.
Via Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal:
John Farrell is preparing to go into Opening Day without closer Koji Uehara.
Uehara felt discomfort in his hamstring while throwing in the bullpen on Saturday, a throwing session that was supposed to be the last step before he got into a Grapefruit League game. Instead, the Red Sox will back off Uehara, giving his hamstring another day or two of rest and rehabilitation before he tries to throw another bullpen.
Uehara originally strained his right hamstring on March 17 while doing conditioning drills in Red Sox camp. He obviously pushed it a little too hard in his rehab and will now presumably open the regular season on the 15-day disabled list. Edward Mujica is likely to get the early-season save opportunities for Boston.
Uehara has fantastic career numbers in the United States, but he gave up 10 earned runs in his final 7 2/3 innings last season and he turns 40 years old just before the beginning of the 2015 campaign.
Russell Wilson spent nearly seven minutes with the Rangers’ television crew on Saturday …
Wilson was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft and played close to 100 games in Colorado’s minor league system in 2010-2011, between his college football commitments. The Rangers claimed the rights to him in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft.
According to Sean McAdam of CSN New England, the Red Sox have named right-hander Clay Buchholz as their Opening Day starter. Rick Porcello will follow him and then the rest is to be determined.
Buchholz has had a very up and down career, posting a 1.74 ERA across 16 starts in 2013 but then a 5.34 ERA across 28 starts in 2014. Boston needs him to pitch like an ace in 2015 because a rotation that goes Buchholz, Porcello and then probably Wade Miley, Justin Masterson, and Joe Kelly isn’t all that impressive.
Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post has the announcement …
Henderson Alvarez posted an exceptional 2.65 ERA across 187 innings (30 starts) last season for the Marlins and he’s just 24 years old. Jose Fernandez would have been given the nod, but he’s not expected to be recovered from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery until sometime in June.