In a disappointing season overall for Boston catchers, Ryan Hanigan endured similar struggles. The backstop was plagued by injuries throughout the 2016 season, resulting in a regression from his 2015 numbers in just about every offensive category. The backup catcher ended the season slashing .171/.230/.238 in 113 plate appearances, wrapping up his two-year career in Boston with a .219/.298/.294 line in 279 at-bats. Despite his abysmal effort at the plate in 2016, Boston hung onto the veteran backstop for his defense, as he led the team with a 3.55 ERA when he was behind the plate. With the emergence of Sandy Leon, however, the Red Sox declined the team option to bring Hanigan back. If the 36-year-old ends up getting signed by another team, he will likely serve as a reserve option or simply provide operational depth behind the plate.
The Red Sox declined their 2017 option on Hanigan's contract, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports. Hanigan's skill at the plate drastically regressed from 2015's already-mediocre performance. Over 35 games in the majors, he recorded a .171 batting average and struck out in more than 20 percent of his at-bats. If he gets signed by another team, the 36-year-old will likely serve as a reserve option or simply provide organizational depth behind the plate.
The Red Sox activated Hanigan (ankle) from the disabled list Friday. Hanigan is ready to return to action after missing nearly a month with his ankle injury. He will work in a reserve role alongside Bryan Holaday behind starting catcher Sandy Leon.
Hanigan (ankle) will be called up to Boston and join the team when it begins a road trip in Oakland on Friday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Hanigan's presence will give Boston manager John Farrell three catchers. He probably will go back to catching knuckleballer Steven Wright, who has a 2.90 ERA with Hanigan catching. A third catcher also allows Farrell to be more aggressive in using Sandy Leon as a pinch hitter in games he doesn't start.
Hanigan (ankle) began a rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Portland on Saturday, Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe reports. Hanigan, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 5 with a case of peroneal tendinitis in his left ankle, went 0-for-3 with an RBI while catching seven innings. The catcher is expected to return to Boston when rosters expand in September.
Hanigan (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment soon and is likely to rejoin the Red Sox when rosters expand next month, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. For now, the Red Sox are getting by Sandy Leon and Bryan Holaday -- two catchers that were completely off the radar at the start of the season. Hanigan will be a helpful contributor, who knows the staff well and is considered a good game caller.