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Red Sox place Christian Vazquez on 10-day disabled list

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Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured right pinky finger, according to a team announcement on Sunday. In a series of corresponding moves, right-handers William Cuevas and Ryan Brasier have been selected from Triple-A Pawtucket, while righty Austin Maddox (right shoulder injury) has been transferred to the 60-day DL and Brian Johnson (left hip inflammation) has been assigned to the 10-day DL as well.

Vazquez sustained the injury while sliding into second on a stolen base attempt during the seventh inning of Saturday’s 15-4 win over the Royals. He remained in the game through the end of the inning, but was unable to come back out for the eighth and was soon replaced by Sandy Leon behind the dish. Per Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, he’ll undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury and the length of what already appears to be a long recovery process.

Prior to his exit on Saturday, the 27-year-old catcher went 1-for-4 with a two-run single against the Royals. He’s currently batting a career-low .213/.249/.300 with three home runs and a .548 OPS through 218 plate appearances. While Vazquez works his way back to the field this summer, Leon is expected to receive the lion’s share of starts behind the plate, with Blake Swihart moving into the primary backup role.

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.