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Hanigan will be activated by Red Sox, Vazquez to Pawtucket


Hanigan will be activated by Red Sox, Vazquez to Pawtucket

BOSTON -- Ryan Hanigan will be activated for Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers, and Christian Vazquez will in turn be sent down to Pawtucket.

Sandy Leon - who is out of options - will stay with the club after batting .500 since stepping in for Hanigan.

“I think players are understanding of what goes on around them -- I think they are fairly aware,” Farrell said on the demotion of Vazquez. “In Sandy’s case where he’s out of options -- and at that position you’re always a foul tip away from needing another guy.

“From the performance of Sandy [and a] combination of organizational depth, it felt like this was the move we needed to make.”

Hanigan status was reassessed during Sunday’s game before the decision was made on him being added back to the roster.

“[Hanigan’s] someone who’s been an accomplished big league catcher -- particularly defensively and at handling a pitching staff -- it was time for him to come back for us,” Farrell said.

Although the move comes at a time where Vazquez had to be the odd man out, the Red Sox had no intentions of parting ways with any of their catchers.

“We weren’t in a position to prolong the rehab for Ryan and we certainly weren’t going to cut ties with anyone,”

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.