Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan made a rehab appearance for the Portland Sea Dogs on Saturday night at Hadlock field, going 0-2 with two walks while batting out of the third spot in the lineup.
Hanigan swung at the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the first inning, grounding out to Reading shortstop J.P. Crawford to end the frame. He drew a walk in his second at-bat and moved up to second on a wild pitch, but was left stranded when Jantzen Witte struck out to end the third. Hanigan struck out to lead off the bottom of sixth inning before drawing a seven-pitch walk in his final at-bat
It has been reported that the Red Sox will activate Hanigan as soon as he becomes eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday.
“It sounded like originally they were going to wait until they got back from Toronto and then put him on the roster then, but (manager) John Farrell made it clear (Sunday) that they were going to activate him when he’s ready to come back on Wednesday, and then they’ll make another move from there,” Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe said on NESN’s “Red Sox Gameday Live” on Sunday.
The Andover High School graduate was injured on May 1 after a pitch ricocheted off New York Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira, breaking Hanigan’s finger and forcing the Red Sox to place him on the 60-day disabled list. Subsequently, top prospect Blake Swihart was called up to the majors earlier than expected to take over catching duties.
Hanigan was expected to begin the season as Boston’s backup catcher, but when an elbow injury that occurred during Spring Training forced Christan Vazquez to undergo season ending Tommy John surgery, the 9-year MLB veteran was thrust into the starting role.
In 19 games for the Red Sox this season, Hanigan is hitting .222/.354/.315 with a home run and five runs batted in and has thrown out 23% (3 of 10) attempted base stealers.