Blake Swihart

#23 C / Boston Red Sox / EXP: 1YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 205 lb Age: 23 College: None Bats/Throws S/R

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      Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Will start Opening Day

      Swihart will be the Opening Day catcher when Boston opens the 2016 season in Cleveland, reports. Ryan Hanigan will be the backup while Christian Vazquez, coming off Tommy John surgery, is ticketed to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. That's the plan as it stands now, just prior to spring training. Swihart was called up to the majors last season, slightly ahead of scheduled, and proved himself a competent hitter. There's still parts of the job defensively he needs to work on -- blocking balls is the primary area -- but the Red Sox feel he'll learn that skill with experience and practice. Long term, with two young catchers capable of playing everyday in the majors, the Red Sox can either trade one of them or move Swihart to a new position.

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      Hand ailment limited Red Sox C Ryan Hanigan

      A sore right hand has limited Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan to appearances in just two of the last 13 games, the Boston Globe reports. Torey Lovullo expects Hanigan to get at least one more game in before the end of the season. In the meantime, he's has been leaning on rookie Blake Swihart.

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      Red Sox C Blake Swihart goes deep twice in win over Yankees

      Red Soxcatcher Blake Swihart hit a pair of home runs and drove in five Tuesday against the Yankees. Swihart came into play Tuesday with just three home runs in 296 plate appearances, so this was very uncharacteristic. That said, down the road he could develop above average power, which, coupled with his above average hit tool could make him a top-10 fantasy catcher in the not-so-distant future.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Red Sox C Blake Swihart goes 4 for 4, drives in a pair on Friday

      Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart had a terrific night at the plate on Friday. Swihart went 4 for 4 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored in the 7-2 win over the Royals. Swihart drove in his team's first two runs with a two-run double in the second inning of Johnny Cueto. This was Swihart's second four-hit performance in his last four games. He's now hitting .455 with seven RBI over his past nine ballgames.

    • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

      Red Sox C Blake Swihart records four hits in win over Mariners

      Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart went 4 for 5 with two doubles and three RBI in Saturday's win over the Mariners. Swihart is hitting .409 with nine hits, two doubles and three RBI over his last six games.

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      Blake Swihart gets start for Red Sox ahead of Ryan Hanigan

      The Red Sox gave catcher Ryan Hanigan a day off on Saturday, after he caught eight of the last 10 games. Hanigan is replaced in the lineup by Blake Swihart, who will be in the lineup at catcher for the 40th time this year but just the third time in the month of July.

    • by Shawn Krest |

      Red Sox activate Blake Swihart, DFA Sandy Leon

      The Red Sox activated catcher Blake Swihart from the disabled list, manager John Farrell said on Monday, per Comcast. Swihart hit .241 in previous stints with Boston this year. He was hitting .311 at Pawtucket. To make room, the Red Sox designated catcher Sandy Leon for assignment. Leon hit .180 in 33 games with Boston this year. "We need an upgrade on offense at the catching position. Sandy did an excellent job for us in the time that he was here," manager John Farrell said, per "With the choice of trying to get a little bit more offense, Blake is here."

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Red Sox C Blake Swihart hitless in first rehab game

      Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart went 0 for 3 in his first rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. Swihart served as the designated hitter, and was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning. Swihart is recovering from a sprained foot. He was hitting .241 with one home run in his first 41 games this year before hitting the disabled list.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Red Sox C Blake Swihart to begin rehab assignment on Friday

      Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart is expected to begin his minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, The Boston Globe reports. Swihart was placed on the disabled list with a sprained foot on July 3. The young catcher will be eligible to return from the DL following the All-Star break, but it is not known whether or not the Red Sox plan to activate him immediately.

    • by Shawn Krest |

      Red Sox place Blake Swihart on DL

      The Red Sox placed catcher Blake Swihart on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 1. Swihart has been battling a toe injury for just over two weeks. He's played once since Sunday. "With Blake, he had been playing with some pain as we know," manager John Farrell said, per WEEI. "The injury that he suffered to that small left toe is obviously still there. The symptoms never really subsided to the point where the recommendation at the time with the number of days needed initially, we kind of took a shortcut initially to get him back in the lineup. But we're afforded the ability to give him so added rest right now."

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