Ryan Hanigan C BOS 15 Hrs

Hanigan is expected to be Boston's primary catcher at the start of the regular season, the Boston Globe's Alex Speier reports.

Christian Vasquez (elbow) is "unlikely" to be ready for Opening Day, according to manager John Farrell, meaning Hanigan will see an increased role to start the season. That said, Hanigan is a defensive specialist behind the plate and will presumably bat ninth for Boston when he's in the lineup, making him a low-end option in two-catcher leagues.

Ryan Hanigan C BOS 20 Hrs

Hanigan is hitting .250 (4-of-16) in eight spring games.

The longer Christian Vazquez (elbow) remains out, the better chance we'll see Hanigan as Boston's primary starter at catcher to the start the season. Vazquez is scheduled for an MRI on Saturday and continues to catch in minor-league games, but is not yet full bore when throwing to bases.

Ryan Hanigan C BOS 3 Months

The Padres traded Hanigan to the Red Sox on Friday for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, MLB.com reports.

Two days after the Rays shipped Hanigan to San Diego, the Padres flipped the 34-year-old to Boston for yet another power bat in Middlebrooks. Hanigan hit just .218/.318/.324 in 84 games last season, his first in the American League, but his value comes in the form of pitch framing and defense. Look for Hanigan to play second fiddle to Christian Vazquez in the early going this upcoming season.

Ryan Hanigan C BOS 3 Months

The Rays agreed to trade Hanigan, along with Wil Myers, to the Padres on Wednesday as part of three-team deal with the Nationals, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports.

The prize acquisition for San Diego is clearly Myers, but Hanigan makes for a decent enough throw-in for a Padres team that recently dealt Yasmani Grandal and is looking to compete right away. Touted mostly for his pitch-framing and defensive abilities, Hanigan also has a .353 OPS for his career, though those skills have waned in recent seasons. Regardless, the 34-year-old Hanigan figures to see most of the playing time behind the plate in 2015, but he still won't be much of a fantasy option even in the deepest two-catcher leagues.

Ryan Hanigan C BOS 6 Months

Hanigan is out of the lineup Sunday at the Indians, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Hanigan had started three games in a row before this, so he might just be taking a breather while Jose Molina tries to increase his extra base hit total to more than two.

Ryan Hanigan C BOS 6 Months

Hanigan (toe) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Hanigan was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a sore toe after being hit in the foot Tuesday night. He's back behind the plate Thursday, batting eighth against Boston starter Allen Webster.

Ryan Hanigan C BOS 6 Months

Hanigan was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a sore toe, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

A Brad Boxberger fastball plunked Hanigan on the toe Tuesday night, and while he was able to stay in the game, it seems his soreness worsened overnight. Curt Casali will fill in Wednesday, while Hanigan should be considered questionable heading into Thursday's series finale.

Ryan Hanigan C BOS 6 Months

Hanigan was scratched from the starting lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Curt Casali will fill in behind the plate, batting ninth. It's not immediately clear what led to the lineup change, though Hanigan has struggled lately, with his batting average dropping to .221 for the season.

Ryan Hanigan C BOS 6 Months

Hanigan is out of the lineup Friday against the White Sox, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

This looks like nothing more than a routine day off for Hanigan, following back-to-back starts in the final two games against the Yankees. Jose Molina will step in to catch starter Jeremy Hellickson.

Ryan Hanigan C BOS 7 Months

Hanigan is not in the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays.

Hanigan will sit in favor of Jose Molina for the second time in three days, with an early afternoon game on tap following a night game. The 34-year-old Hanigan homered Friday for the first time since June 16 and is now batting .305 since his return from the DL.