BOSTON -- Christian Vazquez pulled the catching duties the last time Clay Buchholz was on the mound in Houston. But on Friday night, in a series opener with the Royals, it will be David Ross behind the plate to manage Buchholz's start.
The two catchers have essentially split time since AJ Pierzynski was designated for assignment and Vazquez called up to the big leagues. Red Sox manager John Farrell said he doesn't plan for the two backstops to split time evenly going forward necessarily, but he emphasized that there is value in using both depending on the situation.
"I like the fact that David's got the ability to take the first game of the series," Farrell said, "take our game plan, implement it, and also mentor Christian in that way as it works inside of a given series."
Farrell also explained that he would like to keep Ross and Jon Lester as the battery pairing for the ace lefty's starts going forward.
Ross, who has taken over Pierzynski's locker in the Red Sox clubhouse, says he's relished the opportunity to work with the talented 23-year-old catcher from Puerto Rico -- though he plays down his role as mentor.
"Good kid," he said. "Good young kid. He's got crazy talent. He's a good player, great catcher. He's got all the instincts you want. I told him if there's any questions that I can help him with . . . I talk to him every day. We sit in the meetings and I try to bounce things off of him and we try to walk him through the little things. But he has such good baseball instinct, I don't know how much help from me he needs."