Vazquez (knee) is batting ninth and catching Tuesday against the Blue Jays, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. One day off was apparently enough for Vazquez to recover from a banged-up knee. He's been unremarkable offensively since the start of July, hitting .225 with no home runs and just two RBI in 11 games.
Vazquez won't play Monday against the Blue Jays after he took a foul tip off his right knee in Sunday's 9-1 loss to the Yankees, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Vazquez felt stiff and sore after Sunday's contest, so he doesn't expect to be in the lineup in Monday's series opener. However, the backstop is hopeful that he'll be able to return to action Tuesday after a day off. Kevin Plawecki could take over behind the dish Monday.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after Monday's 5-4 win over the Angels that Vazquez would be out of the lineup Tuesday for rest purposes, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports. Vazquez has caught each of the past four days, so his planned absence comes as little surprise. Reserve backstop Connor Wong is slated to step in for Vazquez behind the dish, catching for probable starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.
Vazquez will sit Thursday against the Royals, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Vazquez gets a rest after going just 1-for-11 at the plate over his last three games. Connor Wong gets the start behind the plate in his absence.
Vazquez went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Royals. Vazquez managed just one hit but reached base twice after he was safe on a fielder's choice in the seventh. He would end up taking second for his eighth stolen base of the year, which already represents a season high in steals for him. The 30-year-old backstop is slashing .266/.310/.365 with four homers, 32 RBI, 28 runs scored and a 16:51 BB:K over 261 plate appearances.