Vazquez was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Vazquez had been finding some comfort at the plate of late, going 5-for-13 with one RBI in his past five games. No matter, Ryan Hanigan (neck) has been activated from the DL, which will relegate Vazquez to the minors for the time being.
Vazquez is out of the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Though Vazquez is still the top option on the Red Sox's catching depth chart, it appears his grip on the gig is loosening. While he remains a strong defensive catcher, Vazquez's anemic .583 OPS has made him close to an automatic out this season. Meanwhile, backup Sandy Leon continues to thrive in a smaller sample, as Sunday's 2-for-4 showing boosted his line to .457/.525/.686 over 40 plate appearances. Leon will earn a second straight start for his efforts, and could displace Vazquez as the starter if his hot hitting continues.
Vazquez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. It's a routine off day for Vazquez, who started the Red Sox's previous four games. He recorded four base hits during those contests, but is still sitting on a sickly .226/.278/.305 slash line for the season. Sandy Leon will fill in for Vazquez at catcher.
Vazquez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Vazquez will hit the bench following a stretch of three starts in as many days at catcher. As expected, the backstop has handled the pitching staff well and has halted the running game by throwing out 7-of-18 would-be base stealers this season, but he's sitting on an ugly .212/.261/.298 line for the season. With that in mind, Vazquez could be at risk of a demotion once Ryan Hanigan (neck) returns from the DL, likely at some point this week.
Vazquez is not in the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports. Vazquez has been showing signs of life at the plate of late, collecting a pair of multi-hit games over his last three starts, but he'll get the day off Tuesday. Sandy Leon will get the start behind the plate in his place and bat eighth against Chris Sale.