BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

The Red Sox said Dr. James Andrews will operate Thursday in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

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Vazquez had been expected to do much of the catching for the Red Sox this season. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Monday, when the Red Sox acquired Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals.

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Vazquez hit .240 with nine doubles, one homer and 20 RBIs in 55 games for Boston last season.

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