Christian Vazquez

Christian Vazquez slated to throw Thursday

Rob Bradford
July 20, 2015 - 11:18 am

ANAHEIM -- Christian Vazquez, who underwent Tommy John surgery in March, reported he will throw for the first time since his procedure, Thursday in Houston. "I'll be nervous, excited, everything. I'm happy," Vazquez said. "It's been a long time since I've thrown a ball. The last time I threw it wasn't right so I don't know how it's going to feel the first time after surgery. I just hope I don't spike the ball." Vazquez is scheduled to throw 15-20 times from approximately 40 feet. The 24-year-old is on target to be ready for full participation when spring training begins next February. The Red Sox have used three catchers this season, with Blake Swihart having appeared in a team-high 40 games, followed by Sandy Leon (31 games) and Ryan Hanigan (28). Leon was designated for assignment Monday, with Swihart being activated from the 15-day disabled list.