Mike Hazen

Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen on MFB: 'No time frame' for Blake Swihart call-up

April 06, 2015 - 8:49 am
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Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen joined Middays with MFB on Monday to discuss Opening Day and the upcoming season. To hear the interview, go to the Middays with MFB audio on demand page. The Sox open their season in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon for their first interleague Opening Day in team history. They will be without Christian Vazquez for all of 2015, as the expected starting catcher underwent Tommy John surgery last week. There has been speculation that Blake Swihart, who is being touted as the top catching prospect in baseball, will be called up at some point this year. "When you're talking about, from a catching standpoint, there are multiple job responsibilities, that's why it's the toughest position to develop," Hazen said when asked about Swihart's potential call-up. "Every guy is concerned about their offense, but you have to run the pitching staff, you've got to run a game. There's a lot of things that we ask our catchers to do. ... There's no time frame on when [Swihart's promotion] is going to happen." The Red Sox also will be shorthanded in the bullpen to start the season, as closer Koji Uehara is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. "He's doing fine, he's making progress on his way back, threw a bullpen the other day and looked great," Hazen said. "I think he'll be fine. We certainly need him, he fills a big role out there in the back of the pen, pushes everybody forward a little bit into that seventh-, eighth-inning role. ... We're expecting he'll be back and settling into that spot soon." The Phillies starter on Monday will be Cole Hamels, who has been the subject of several recent trade rumors, including a few that involved him coming to Boston. "It's just that, speculation. There hasn't been anything that's been overly hot and heavy here recently," Hazen said, adding: "For the first couple of weeks or first month, everybody's kind of figuring out what they have. And then that talk will start to pick back up as we all go through the season." For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

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