Reds' Holmberg shows well in short notice audition
SEP 8, 11:20p ET | Kevin Goheen
Rotowire: Mar 29 / 8:10a ET
News: Hanigan was the starting catcher in Boston's game against the Rays on Saturday.
Impact: Boston's catching situation heated up Saturday when we learned that Christian Vazquez (elbow) will not be ready for the start of the regular season. The piqued interest, of course, is whether or not Boston will keep prospect Blake Swihart around to replace Vazquez on the roster, though it's Hanigan who will serve as the team's first-string backstop initially.
Rotowire: Mar 28 / 8:20a ET
News: Hanigan is expected to be Boston's primary catcher at the start of the regular season, the Boston Globe's Alex Speier reports.
Impact: Christian Vasquez (elbow) is "unlikely" to be ready for Opening Day, according to manager John Farrell, meaning Hanigan will see an increased role to start the season. That said, Hanigan is a defensive specialist behind the plate and will presumably bat ninth for Boston when he's in the lineup, making him a low-end option in two-catcher leagues.
Rotowire: Mar 28 / 3:34a ET
News: Hanigan is hitting .250 (4-of-16) in eight spring games.
Impact: The longer Christian Vazquez (elbow) remains out, the better chance we'll see Hanigan as Boston's primary starter at catcher to the start the season. Vazquez was sent in for an MRI on Friday and continues to catch in minor-league games, but is not yet full bore when throwing to bases. We'll know more about Hanigan's status pending the results of Vazquez' MRI.