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Red Sox manager John Farrell doesn’t expect Ryan Hanigan back before the All-Star break


Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan suffered a fractured finger on his right hand in Friday night’s game against the Yankees, when he was hit on his non-glove hand when he was behind the dish. The injury required surgery, and as a result, manager John Farrell doesn’t expect to get Hanigan back before the All-Star break, per MLB.com’s Ian Browne.

The Red Sox called up catching prospect Blake Swihart for Saturday afternoon’s game with the Yankees. The rookie went 1-for-3 with an infield single and a walk. The Red Sox, however, will still keep their eyes peeled for catching help elsewhere, though Jarrod Saltalamacchia — recently designated for assignment by the Marlins — doesn’t appear to figure into their plans.

Red Sox extend John Farrell’s contract

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It was reported earlier this week that the Red Sox and manager John Farrell were having preliminary talks regarding a contract extension. It didn’t take them long to get something done:

Farrell was previously set to enter the final guaranteed year of his contract, which also included a club option for 2016. It was very unlikely that the Red Sox would have let him go into this season with “lame duck” status, so this extension takes care of that situation.

The Red Sox finished in last place in the American League East last season with a 71-91 record, but they won the World Series in Farrell’s first season as manager in 2013 and hopes are high for this year after the additions of Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, and Justin Masterson over the winter.

Red Sox manager John Farrell on Shane Victorino: “He’s our right fielder.”

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Bad news for Red Sox prospect Mookie Betts: manager John Farrell considers Shane Victorino the current favorite for the job in right field. Farrell said, “If Shane Victorino is fully capable and fully healthy, he’s our right fielder,” per Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.

Victorino, 34, logged just 30 games last season due to recurring hamstring problems and a bulging disk in his back. He had been coming off of a very productive 2013 season with the Red Sox, swatting 15 home runs and swiping 21 bases.

The Red Sox have Hanley Ramirez in left field and Rusney Castillo in center. With Farrell’s vote of confidence for Victorino, that likely leaves Betts headed to Triple-A to start the season barring injury or a great spring showing on the youngster’s part. However, neither Victorino nor Ramirez are strong bets to stay healthy over the course of 162 games, so there’s a decent chance Betts finds playing time at some point anyway.

Red Sox begin extension talks with manager John Farrell

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Red Sox manager John Farrell could be getting a new contract this spring. Sean McAdam of CSN New England has the report …

Farrell is entering the final guaranteed year of the three-year deal he signed in November of 2012, and, according to an industry source, preliminary talks have already begun.

That contract includes a team option for 2016, so Farrell isn’t truly at the end of his deal. But the club evidently doesn’t want Farrell entering the 2015 season being viewed as a sort of lame-duck manager.

Boston stumbled to a last-place finish in the American League East last season with a record of 71-91, but Farrell guided the club to a World Series title in 2013 — his first year at the helm — and there’s hope for a return to prominence this season following an active winter of trades and free agent signings. Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Rick Porcello, and Wade Miley are among the new faces in Red Sox camp this spring.

McAdam heard from an industry source that the Red Sox front office wants to “add length and security” to Farrell’s current contract, so this will likely go beyond merely exercising the skipper’s option for 2016.

BREAKING: Shane Victorino is apparently texting pictures of his abs to John Farrell

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Injuries limited Shane Victorino to just 30 games last season and he’s currently rehabbing from back surgery. The Red Sox have a bunch of options for their outfield with the newly-signed Hanley Ramirez to go along with Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts and even Allen Craig and Daniel Nava, but Victorino is trying to make sure that he’s not a forgotten man going into 2015. Like, really trying…

Just a little bit weird, but I love it just the same. I really hope he’s writing messages along with the pictures: “Sorry for being ABSent from the lineup so much last season. I will ABSolutely be ready for spring training.”