by Gary Gillis
Christian Vazquez throwing from behind home plate.
With injuries to catchers Christian Vasquez and now Ryan Hanigan, Red Sox Nation is buzzing over an earlier-than-expected start to the Blake Swihart era. The prized catching prospect showed off some impressive talents during spring training, both at the plate and behind it. But he'll have to quickly get up to speed on his game-calling skills. That's easier said than done, particularly with the team's early-season starting pitching woes.
Let's take a look at one of the two injuries that led to Swihart's early call-up. Vasquez (right) was penciled in as the number one catcher after a strong second half in 2014. On top of quickly learning how to call a game for his pitchers, he came with a reputation for a cannon arm against base runners. It's a bit ironic that the elbow of that cannon has required surgery most noted for resurrecting pitcher's careers – Tommy John surgery…
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