Christian Vazquez to see James Andrews for second opinion

Mike Petraglia
March 29, 2015 - 6:58 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The young star catcher of the Red Sox is going to see the expert in elbows to get a second opinion. Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Sunday morning that Christian Vazquez will make the trip north to Pensacola, Fla. to visit with Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. "I don't know about the severity of it right now," Farrell said. "We know there's been findings based on the MRI. 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." Farrell noted that Vazquez got the earliest possible appointment with Andrews. "He's usually a pretty busy guy, unfortunately," Farrell said of the renown orthopedist. An MRI performed on Friday after his last appearance behind the plate revealed "findings" in his right elbow. The team has shut down the 24-year-old catcher indefinitely as doctors look into what might be wrong with the right arm. Now, Farrell and his staff must decide between Humberto Quintero and Blake Swihart as the backup behind Ryan Hanigan. "We've got to evaluate all guys behind the plate and take every piece of available information to make a decision later on in the week," Farrell said. "I think it's more about leading the pitchers at this point. The best way I could describe it is that there's not going to be one thing we hang our hat on when we make that decision. We're about winning games and we'll put the best team on field. "My view is that in our lineup, our catcher was going to hit ninth no matter what, [or] who they are. I think that's just a sign of the strength of the rest of the lineup. Again, all these things will be discussed and come to the decision that works best for us right now."