BOSTON -- Blake Swihart was once the catcher of the future for the Red Sox. Now he is just trying to get back on the radar.Swihart, who has spent all of this season in the Minor Leagues, could get that chance in a couple of weeks as a September callup.Provided
BOSTON -- Blake Swihart was once the catcher of the future for the Red Sox. Now he is just trying to get back on the radar.
Swihart, who has spent all of this season in the Minor Leagues, could get that chance in a couple of weeks as a September callup.
Provided Swihart can stay healthy, he has a strong chance to be Boston's third catcher for the final month of the season. That could help him build momentum for next season, when he will be out of Minor League options.
"As we look to September, we typically do bring a third catcher," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He's certainly a strong candidate for that."
Swihart has had a tough go of it since running into the side wall in left field at Fenway Park on June 4, 2016, badly damaging his left ankle. The switch-hitter has played just 52 games, in large part due to recurring soreness in that surgically repaired ankle.
Long known for his bat, Swihart has struggled at the plate this season, hitting .198 with three homers and 22 RBIs.
"It's just a matter of getting past and managing some of the discomfort that's in that ankle," said Farrell. "There was a pretty severe injury to that, the procedure that was done following it. He's had to take a step back. He's had to take some treatment to quiet it down. But as we're starting to get the activity back up, he's tolerating it well. Still feel like he's going to need to get some at-bats this winter, but that will all be determined later on."
• David Price took Wednesday off from throwing as he continues to build back in his comeback from left elbow inflammation. Due to his second elbow injury of the season, Price hasn't pitched since July 22.
"Will resume [Thursday]," said Farrell. "As we've talked about each day when he comes in, we kind of adjust the plan as needed, and that's the adjustment today. Yesterday when he threw, I don't know that he felt as free as he did the three consecutive days in New York. He's just going to go through treatment today and then resume again tomorrow."
• The Red Sox will have a ceremony in recognition of NESN analyst Jerry Remy's 30 years in the broadcast booth prior to Sunday's game against the Yankees. Remy, who has been on leave since the All-Star break as he recovers from his latest bout with lung cancer, will return to Fenway Park for Sunday's celebration.
"Jerry is an incredible person who is beloved by Red Sox Nation," said NESN president and CEO Sean McGrail. "There have been so many great moments in his NESN broadcasting career, and we are excited to celebrate his 30 years in the booth."
After spending the final seven seasons of his career playing for his hometown Red Sox, Remy was hired by NESN as a color commentator in 1988. He has called over 3,900 games in his broadcasting career, and was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.