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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Blake Swihart

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox called up top prospect, catcher Blake Swihart.

The 23-year-old Swihart comes up to replace catcher Ryan Hanigan who underwent surgery Saturday on the knuckle of his right pinkie finger.

Swihart started and hit ninth in the Red Sox 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees Saturday. The youngster went 1-for-3 with an infield single, a walk, and a run scored.

"I was definitely nervous, but I had to turn it into focus," Swihart said. "I had a big job to do."

Swihart, who the Red Sox selected with the 26th overall pick of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft, played in 18 games for Triple-A Pawtucket before the promotion. During that time, he hit .338 with no home runs, 11 RBIs, one stolen base, and a .392 on-base percentage.

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Red Sox C Christian Vazquez Will Have Tommy John Surgery

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- In what was seen as a surprise, Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the team announced Wednesday night.

The 24-year-old Vazquez was injured during an exhibition game against the New York Yankees on March 13, while throwing out a runner who attempted to steal second base.

The catcher was given an MRI by the Red Sox medical staff, revealing ligament damage. This resulted in Vazquez meeting with Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on Wednesday. It was then decided that Dr. Andrews would perform the surgery on Vazquez in Pensacola, Florida on Thursday.

The news comes as a surprise to Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, who said earlier Wednesday that originally it didn't seem Vaszquez's injury was a "high-level concern."

"Honestly when we did the MRI, we were hoping it would provide peace of mind. It obviously showed something we weren't expecting," Cherington said. "My initial reaction was really more for the kid. This is someone, again, who really loves baseball, he loves the position he plays, it means a lot to him to be a catcher, a catcher from Puerto Rico, a catcher for the Red Sox, all those things. So I felt for him. OK, he's going to miss this time. He's going to come back, and he'll play. But I felt for him."

Despite Vazquez being officially out, the Red Sox will not promote top catching prospect Blake Swihart. The Sox will instead use Ryan Hanigan as their No. 1 catcher and Sandy Leon as the backup.

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Diamondbacks Agree to 1-Year Deal with Laird

Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks signed free-agent catcher Gerald Laird to a one-year minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Laird, 35, spent the last two seasons serving as the Atlanta Braves backup catcher, hitting .238 in 273 plate appearances.

Laird has played 12 big league seasons: six with the Texas Rangers, three with the Detroit Tigers, two with the Braves, and one with the St. Louis Cardinals. During that time, he hit .244 with 38 home runs and 238 RBIs.

Tuffy Gosewisch and Oscar Hernandez are the only catchers on Arizona's 40-man roster.

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Report: Cubs Agree to 2-Year Deal with David Ross

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Catcher David Ross has agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers.

The 37-year-old Ross has spent the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, winning the World Series in 2013.

Ross is reunited with new Cubs pitcher Jon Lester. The two played most of the last two seasons together in Boston. Ross served as Lester's catcher for 29 games. During those games, Lester had a .277 ERA.

Ross is expected to back up Miguel Montero.

The Cubs also claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers.

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Pierzynski Shines in Debut with Cardinals

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- A.J. Pierzynski had three hits and an RBI in his St. Louis Cardinals debut to help the team beat the Chicago Cubs 6-3, Saturday.

The 37-year-old Pierzynski was signed by the Cardinals Saturday to help replace catcher Yadier Molina, who tore a ligament in his right thumb July 9. 

Pierzynki had played 72 games for the Boston Red Sox this season before being released 10 days ago.

Matt Adams led the Red Birds with four RBIs, two of them coming off a triple in the seventh to put St. Louis on top for good.

The win snaps the Cardinals (55-48) four-game losing streak and keeps them three games behind Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central.

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Catcher Kurt Suzuki Headed Back to Oakland

Eliot Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Oakland has their old catcher back.

The Washington Nationals traded catcher Kurt Suzuki to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Class-A starter Dakota Bacus Friday.

Suzuki spent his first 5 1/2 big league seasons in Oakland. He comes back to the team after the A's lost catchers John Jaso (concussion) and Derrick Norris (broken big toe) to injury.

Suzuki has played in 79 games this season, hitting .222 with three home runs, 23 RBIs and two stolen bases.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Washington will pay half of Suzuki's remaining 2013 salary (about $675,000), and half of Suzuki's 2014 buyout.

The Athletics head into Friday night's game with Baltimore 2 1/2 games behind Texas for the AL West lead.

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MRI on Molina's Knee Shows No Structural Damage

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had an MRI on his banged up right knee that showed no structural damage.

Molina, who missed the Cardinals' last two games, said he had been dealing with pain in his knee for the past month but it hurt even more on Friday, prompting the Cards to send the catcher for tests.

"Good news," Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny said. "It's definitely something that's worrisome when he's such a valuable part of our team. But it's best to get it looked at and know what you're dealing with."

Molina, the National League leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, is leading the NL in hitting with a .346 average. Molina also has six home runs and 45 RBIs for the season.

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ESPN: Pierzynski Agrees to One-Year Contract with Rangers

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ARLINGTON) -- Catcher A.J. Pierzynski agreed to a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, according to sources of ESPN.

Pierzynski can help take the place of former catcher Mike Napoli, who left for the Boston Red Sox this off-season.

Pierzynki, who turns 30 on Dec. 30, played the last eight seasons for the Chicago White Sox. He hit a career best 27 home runs last season.

The two-time All-Star has a career .284 batting average to go with 155 home runs and 755 RBIs, in 15 seasons with the White Sox, Minnesota Twins and San Francisco Giants.

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Posey Instructed Not to Block Plate

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)(NEW YORK)  -- When you lose what could be argued as your best position player to injury, it only makes sense to take the necessary steps to try and prevent it from happening again. That is exactly what San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy tried doing when he told his young catcher Buster Posey not to block home plate when someone is trying to score.

"I'll take this out of Buster's hands," Bochy said Sunday as the Giants opened spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz. "As a manager, that's my job. I certainly don't want people to think he's backing off on his own. It's something we'll work on with him this spring." 

The Giants' All-Star catcher was lost for the season last year when he tore three ligaments in his left ankle and broke a bone in his lower leg when he collided with Marlins' Scott Cousins.

Posey is entering his third big league season. During his brief major league career, Posey has compiled a .294 batting average with 22 homers and has helped lead the Giants to a World Series title.

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