Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez suffered a fractured right pinkie finger sliding into second base on a stolen base attempt in Saturday’s win over the Royals. Vazquez will undergo surgery to place a pin into his fractured finger and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Vazquez, 27, has had a tough year with the bat, compiling a meager .213/.249/.300 batting line with three home runs and 14 RBI in 218 plate appearances. Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart will get bumped up a rung on the catching depth chart while Vazquez is out.
The Red Sox enter Monday’s action in first place in the AL East with a 62-29 record. They may be on the hunt for catching help from outside the organization as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.
Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.
Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.
After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.