It was the type of throw that used to be a habit for Vazquez -- the laser down to second that nailed Johnson by about five feet.
"The carry and the accuracy is approaching pre-surgery," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "A very good day for Christian defensively for sure."
An even more telling play took place in the third, when Vazquez made one of his patented snap pickoff throws to first and appeared to nail Austin Riley. If it had been a regular-season game, Farrell likely would have called for a replay challenge. At this point, everyone around the Red Sox is just happy to see Vazquez displaying that form again.
"His feet are lightning quick," said Farrell. "You could see the pick at first base. When you look at just the play unfold, that's exactly what Christian has done in the past. It's great to see a day for him behind the plate as he showed."
Sandy Leon, Vazquez and Blake Swihart are in a battle for the two catching spots on the roster. Vazquez has no options remaining, which probably gives him an advantage over Swihart, who can be sent down.