Ryan Hanigan

Ryan Hanigan on MFB: 'I'll be ready' to be Opening Day starting catcher

April 03, 2015 - 9:52 am

Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan joined Middays with MFB on Friday to discuss the Red Sox' situation behind the plate and and the 2015 season. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. Christian Vazquez was expected to be the Red Sox everyday catcher, but an elbow injury that will require Tommy John surgery to correct has led the team to place him on the 60-day DL to start the season. Hanigan is expected to replace Vazquez as the starter. "It's too bad what happened to [Vazquez]. To tell you the truth, I was looking forward to playing with him this year," Hanigan said. "He was ready and he was working hard, and the tandem we would have had I think would have been real solid. It's too bad, but I've got to step up and get myself ready to play ever day. Embrace that opportunity. ... I'll be ready." The Sox will open their season on Monday against the Phillies. Clay Buchholz has been announced as the Opening Day starting pitcher. Recently, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling called Buchholz's commitment into question. "He's a veteran guy who knows what it takes to win," Hanigan said when asked about the starter's killer instinct. "Been a part of a championship team, has had some real good years and established himself. He really locks it in. His pregame work and the way he prepares and just kind of the look on his face the days when he's pitching, he locks in and he wants it. That's all you can ask from your guy." Added Hanigan: "I'm excited to catch him." One of the biggest questions for the Red Sox entering the 2015 season is its starting rotation. Hanigan, however, is not too concerned. "These guys are all feeding off each other, they're all working, they understand we're here to win," Hanigan said. "From everything I've seen, these guys are getting themselves prepared for their starts, even these spring training starts. They're working hard to get stronger and tighten their stuff up, and it's been good. I think all the guys, each outing have gotten better, gotten stronger, and made progress." For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.