Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan suffered a fracture on the knuckle of his right fifth metacarpal in Friday night’s 3-2 loss against the Yankees and will require surgery. He is expected to miss a substantial period of time, manager John Farrell said.
Team sources said the Sox are calling up 23-year-old Blake Swihart in time for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. The former first-round pick is hitting .338 at Triple A Pawtucket.
The Sox lost catcher Christian Vazquez to Tommy John surgery in spring training and Hanigan proved to be a capable replacement, quickly earning the trust of the pitching staff. He was injured in the seventh inning when a ball deflected off New York’s Mark Teixeira and struck his little finger.
“Ryan leading the pitching staff, things were starting to gain some traction,” Farrell said. “He’s put up a lot of competitive at-bats. We’ll miss his presence behind the plate. But we as a group have to be resilient in times like this.”
Said righthander Clay Buchholz: “It’s a big loss, it stinks. He was getting locked in at the plate and he was doing a good job catching. It’s something the game brings you and you have to find a way around it. He had helped our staff a lot. When Christian went down, he did a lot of work to prepare to catch the majority of the games.”
Swihart is considered one of the best catching prospects in the game but has only 36 games of Triple A experience.